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  • Writer's pictureDr. Sharon T. Hinton

Bubbles!




I love bubbles! These beautiful, soft, perfect little worlds of rainbow that make me smile regardless of the situation. When I blow bubbles, the moment is all that matters. Past and future float away along with the stress of the day as each bubble takes flight. Blowing bubbles can be a wonderful and healing therapy physically, spiritually, and mentally. Bubbles are considered a meditative technique that provide a focus point, decrease stress, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and improve overall well-being. According to one research article I found blowing bubbles not only decreased anxiety but also decreased pain in a randomized clinical trial. Bubbles are also the perfect breathing exercise to reduce anxiety and stress, relieve pain, increase alertness, boost the immune system, and regulate emotions. Not only can you provide bubble therapy for yourself, you can also provide bubble therapy for others and everyone benefits. Bubbles also open the door for communication and understanding by creating opportunities for interaction in a non-threatening way.


People of all ages can enjoy bubbles. They're inexpensive, portable, and easy to use. Whether you are the one blowing the bubbles, or you are the one watching the bubbles float by, the activity is incredibly therapeutic. Think about it: bubbles are amazing! They are a solid and a liquid at the same time, simultaneously defying gravity and expressing total freedom as they fly wherever they wish. Depending on the bubble mix, colors and rainbows dance and shine in the light providing an amazing and peaceful show.


Bubble blowers are among the oldest and most popular children's toys according to the history of the bubble blower online. References to bubble blowing go back to ancient times. Bubbles or even found in classic art. For example, the artist Chardin created a painting called “Soap Bubbles” around 1733 which depicted a young man leaning out of a window and blowing a bubble with a pipe.


Bubbles can be used indoors and outdoors. (Be cautious on slick surfaces such as tile or wood floors as bubbles can be quite slick once they have ended their flight.) No expensive tools or equipment are necessary: you can purchase a bubble solution or make your own with dishwashing liquid and a little glycerin. You can also purchase bubble wands, pipes, or bubble machines or make your own.


So, it's time for you to get started. It doesn't matter if you are alone, in a group of bubble blowers, or are blowing bubbles for someone else's enjoyment, the steps are the same.

  • Purchase a bottle of bubbles and wand or make your own.

  • Take a deep breath and hold it for a moment as you dip your wand into the bubble solution.

  • Breathe out slowly through the wand so that bubbles appear. If you are blowing bubbles for someone else, have them purse their lips as much as possible and breathe with you.

  • Watch the bubbles and enjoy their beauty. Imagine the bubbles are gently floating away your pain or anxiety and replacing it with joy.

  • Repeat and share the beauty and laughter.


Making your own bubbles

Add one part dishwashing liquid to 6 parts water into a container with a lid.

Slowly stir the mixture to combine and let the bubble mixture rest overnight.

Adding one tablespoon of glycerin to your mixture will make your bubbles stronger and last longer, but this is optional. Glycerin is usually sold in the baking section of most major supermarkets or easily purchased online.


To make your own bubble wands, use straws, fly swatters, a slotted spoon, or bend a piece of wire like a pipe cleaner into a shape. Be creative!

Enjoy!


Breathe

Until

Both your mind and

Body

Leave stress behind.

Enter

Serenity!


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