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Relaxations Skills: For Children and Adults
Julia Mitchell-Hoffman, ECE Behaviorist (2013) 



When Relaxation skills are used sensibly they are helpful and safe for everyone. 
This technique can be done sitting in a chair or laying on the couch or bed. 

Begin with simple deep breathing. 


  • Close our eyes and breath in through your nose slowly (1 2 3 4) now slowly release your breath through your mouth (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8).

  • Repeat several times as you notice how it relaxes your body when you breathe deeply.


Now squeeze your hands closed into fists. 


  • Make a fist with both of your hands and squeeze tighter – even tighter (feel the tension?)

  • Relax your hands slowly letting them just go limp.

  • Stretch your finger wide and then wider.

  • Relax your hands, allowing them to go limp again.



 Raise your arms above your head as you breathe in and when you lower them release the breath.



  • Take a deep breath in through your nose and as you do so, reach up over your head and stretch high and a bit higher….

  • As you lower your arms breathe out through pursed lips…slowly and relax.

  • Repeat and then just relax, breathing in and out slowly, with your hands by your side.


Tighten your leg muscles to make both of your legs tense.


  • Squeeze tighter.... tighter... and now relax. 

  • Let your legs become very relaxed. 


Make the muscles in your arms very tight and tense. 


  • Tighter.... and now relax. (Remember to breathe)



Relax as you notice your breathing.


  • Keep breathing and relax…

  • It feels good to relax…

  • You deserve time to yourself and for yourself


As you close this session, know you can revisit at any time. 


  • Wiggle your fingers and toes…

  • Move your arms in small circles forward and backwards…

  • Turn your head to the right, and then back to the center, to the left and back to the center

  • Open your eyes to look around the room (or just look around the room if you are reading the script yourself) 


  • Sit still for a moment…

When you are ready, you can return to your normal activities feeling refreshed and relaxed.



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