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Butterfly Hug

Self-calming strategy.

Learning Goals

  • Identifying a state of well-being.
  • Effectively apply a self-calming strategy.

Curriculum Connection

Over time, with practice, observation and coaching, students begin to build a personal “coping toolbox” that they can carry with them through life.

Health and Physical Education –
Stress Management and Coping Skills


No materials needed. Consider creating visuals to represent states of calm.


  • Read the Butterfly Hug Procedure Sheet.
  • Watch the Butterfly Hug Video.

Verbal Prompts

First, let’s rate your level of calmness on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = very calm – 5 = very mad, upset or frustrated).
Next, fold your arms across your chest so that the left hand rests on the right bicep and the right hand rests on the left bicep.
Next, raise one hand and apply pressure first on one bicep, and then on the other. Count out loud: 1,000 Here, 2000 Here, up to 10,000 and start the start over. Continue for up to five minutes.
Then, rate your level of calmness.
Did your number go down?
Good Job!
You used the butterfly hug as a strategy to help you calm
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