Kiddie-song favourite Raffi is using music to help kids cope with stress and anxiety.
Dubbed “Take a Breath (The Self-Reg Song),” Raffi’s new jam is a calming, peaceful tune that actually teaches kids techniques on self-regulation.
“Self-regulation is the awareness of anxiety and our ability to regain a calm centre. Since anxiety constrains intelligence, it’s important for young and old to learn simple self-reg ways to regain balance. I wrote “Take A Breath” to inspire a self-reg response in all who hear it,” Raffi says in a press release.
The song gives tips to the listener to breath in and out, or to sing a song (alternatively, listen to music) when you’re not feeling OK. And who wouldn’t be able to calm down when hearing Raffi singing lyrics like:
“When I’m not doing fine/ I keep this in mind/ I can take a breath or two
When I want to feel well/ I can be still/ I can take a breath or two”
There’s also a slower part in the song that’s meant for practicing breathing.
You know what they say, the best way to remember something is to put it in song.