A “Mind Jar” filled with glitter is among many imaginative ways you can teach kids about how to ease anxiety and stress.
By Carol Rickard
Yesterday I was at my local high school where they’d asked me to participate in their Annual Teen Wellness Day.
They’ve been doing this for years! They invite all the different community organizations connected to health & wellness.
The kids have an assignment: go around to all the different tables & then write how what they learned applies to them!
So today I’d like to share with you a couple of the LifeTOOLS I offered the kids.
My hope is you’ll be able to pass them along to kids you know who may be struggling with anxiety & stress.
The first LifeTOOL is what I call:
This is a quick 5-item tool I created for my patients which helps establish where your stress levels are.
Go ahead & see for yourself where your levels are. Then have your children give it a try! Click here & print it out double sided.
The #1 item many of the kids scored high on was not being able to get to sleep because their mind just keeps racing about things.
This is where “Taking A Brain Dump” becomes an important LifeTOOL to use. I found the kids loved the idea, especially using a sharpie, toilet paper, & flushing it!
If you don’t know what a “Brain Dump” is, click here to learn.
The other LifeTOOL that seemed to catch everyone’s attention was the “Mind Jar” I made.
I discovered this several months ago researching for a mindfulness training I was doing at the school district.
This is a simple way of creating a moment of quiet & mindfulness!
Here’s what mine looked like:
The way I like to use the “Mind Jar” is: count your breaths to see how many it takes until all the glitter falls back down!
It can also be used to explain how our brain works: the glitter is all the thoughts (or emotions) in our brain and sitting quietly, they will settle down.
There are many different ways to make a “Mind Jar” or a “Calm Jar” as I also saw it called. I think it depends on the age of the kid!
Google the words! The site I used to make the “Mind Jar” above was at PreschoolInspirations.com.
Let me know this was helpful in the comments section below!
To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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