Cool downs are our way of telling you that your child is on the right track!
Cool downs are exactly what they sound like - the ability to cool down in terms of heart rate and emotional state. There's much more to this process than appears on the surface, however, and the repeated act of cooling down is incredibly important to your child's overall ability to regulate their emotions.
While playing Mightier, children's heart rates rise for a variety of reasons. They might be excited, stressed, anxious, or frustrated during game play, they might be jumping around, or a sibling might be talking too loudly in the other room. Mightier tracks a cool down as every time your child is able to bring their heart rate back down into their blue zone.
This is the magic of how Mightier works. By repeatedly bringing their heart rate down, your child is essentially training their brain and body to get VERY GOOD at returning to that state of calm. Think of it like learning to play music or shoot a basketball. At the beginning it takes a lot of focus and concentration to get your body to move and respond in a way that leads to that right sequence of notes or making the shot. Cooling down (bringing your heart rate down) is the same idea. At first, it can take focus and be hard work to bring your heart rate down. It's like learning a new skill, and your body isn't quite used to responding in this way yet. With time and practice, however, and repeated cool downs, the body begins to respond in this way more automatically. That means, eventually, with enough practice, that your child is developing a new learned response to stressors.