We've all been there. Something doesn't go our way, rage takes over and we do or say something we regret. Luckily, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls just shared a brilliant video to help us take a step back and calm down. And the solution couldn't be simpler.
So what's the fix? It's easy: Just. Breathe.
By stopping to take a step back away from the situation to catch your breath, its amazing to see how quickly the anger goes away.
Our favorite part of the video is how it features kids of different ages sharing their experiences. Getting angry feels different to different people. One girl compared her brain to a jar of glitter that got all shaken up. Another described it at a painful headache or a heat that makes them sweat.
The clip is short, sweet and so helpful, for kids and grown-ups alike. It's as simple as remembering to take a minute to just breathe. Deep breaths are all you need.
And just like that, your brain reacts. Or to put it in a familiar metaphor, all the sparkles fall again to the bottom of the jar.
"The inspiration for 'Just Breathe' first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then-5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths," writes filmmaker Julie Bayer Salzman on her YouTube page. She and her husband—Josh Salzman, who collaborated on this video—are the founders of Wavecrest Films. "All these things they were beginning to learn in kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, Calif. I was surprised and overjoyed to witness firsthand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds."