Rhythm, pressure, and respiration are the key ingredients for promoting calming and destressing. While for some kids a hug will do, for others with sensory differences, anxiety, and emotional dysregulation, they need more frequent opportunities to engage in supportive movement exercises. Exercises like the one below provide restorative input, slow down the heart rate, and give your child a point of focus to quickly return to a place of calm when feeling overstimulated from holiday excitement. Take a moment to try out this sequence on your own. Notice how it impacts your body to breathe in rhythm, engaged in focused movement, and destress the body. Then introduce it to your child and embed it throughout the day as a family routine that can help everyone calm down from the holiday stress and excitement.