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Row The Boat To Release Tension

I have been practicing Qigong!  According to the National Qigong Association (nqa.org), “qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.” The other day while I was finishing my morning routine, it … Continue reading

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Snowflake Shake

The act of shaking our bodies resets the nervous system.  We can shake our bodies to release muscle tension and bring our entire system back to neutral. 1.  Do a body check and notice where all of the tension is … Continue reading

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Snow Angels

Snow is silent, snow is soft, quiet, calm and so delicate.  Spend a few mindful minutes walking in the snow.  Feel the tiny, wet cold drops on your skin.  Lie down in the snow and make some snow angels with … Continue reading

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Snowfall Listening

Go outside and listen to the silence of snow falling in the forest.  What will you most likely hear?  Silence.  If you aren’t near an area where the snow falls, then create your own space, maybe inside an indoor fort, … Continue reading

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Snowflake Melt

The weather is turning cold here in Colorado.  We have been playing in the mountain snow.  Snow can provide the perfect image for relaxation with your child.  Think snowflake.  Think melting snowflake.  Now think melt away that tension. As we … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays From Kids Relaxation

Holidays are generally thought of as celebrations.  Fun, family, and food!  However, often they can bring a certain amount of stress.  Changes in schedules, new people, new places, new food, can all bring about increased necessity to self-regulate and find … Continue reading

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The Deep Breath Box: Square Breathing

Recently I heard Brene Brown speak on her Rising Strong book tour.  She spoke about her research on resilience and some qualities that people can embody in order to become more resilient in their life.  Her studies showed that resilient … Continue reading

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Bathtime Relaxation

I think bath time is THE perfect place to practice relaxation.  When my daughters were little, I would bring in the bubbles, turn down the lights, create a bouquet of flowers from the garden, play some soft music and diffuse … Continue reading

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Relaxing and Regulating From the Inside Out! Part TWO

Recently, I shared some key messages and activities inspired by the Pixar movie Inside Out!  Here are some more activities and messages I gleaned from the movie.  I have the figurines promptly displayed in my school psych office and let … Continue reading

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Inner Peace for Parents: Mastering the Practice of Self-Care

What to help your child to relax more? Become relaxed yourself!  Children model more what we do rather than what we say.  As parents we have to take care of ourselves.  I recently heard a speech by Barry Ebert in … Continue reading

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