Relaxation Practice

Relaxation Activity: Fly Like A Bird

The Chinese practice of Qigong coordinates the flowing, fluid movement of energy between the body, mind and breath.  It is so gentle and mindful!  This Fly Like A Bird activity is perfect for helping you and your child to align the mind and body for deep relaxation.  It also trains the body to move without …

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Happy Thought Bubbles

I just love it when ideas spontaneously produce themselves.  Just began one of my groups with this activity:  Happy Thought Bubbles. 1.  Discuss how a deep breath is a silent message to the body that it is “time to relax.” 2.  Practice a few rounds of deep diaphragmatic breathing.  For this group I used the …

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Walking with Mindfulness–the Fox Walk

My friend, Lisa Wimberger, (founder of the Neurosculpting Institute), attended tracker training.  Recently she shared that she learned to “fox walk” as part of the program.  As part of the training, (for adults), participants would be led a half mile out into the wilderness on a dark, moon-less night, and would be blindfolded.  A drummer …

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Love–The Greatest Relaxation Tool!

Love–The Greatest Relaxation Tool!

Feeling loved, feeling seen, feeling heard, and feeling cared are balms for the brain!   Brain science is reporting that the Prefrontal Cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher order thinking and problem solving, is at its maximum capacity when we perceive that we are safe, cared for, all our needs are met …

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Communicate Like a Giraffe– language to stay relaxed

In my work as a school psychologist, I have found Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication principles to be incredibly supportive in the school environment.  When compassion and non-judgement are the foundations of communication, we do not engage the limbic brain in confrontational defense mechanisms and we are able to communicate while staying cool, calm and collected.  …

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Top 10 Things to AVOID if you want a CALM Kid

As a school psych, I hear it all the time, “I sure wish my kiddo could relax.  He is soooooo active, just bounces off the walls.  He just goes goes goes until he drops at night!”  And I hear myself repeating these things over and over to help shift the situation.  Here are the top …

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Calm My Body Box

Soft blanket, squeeze toy, fuzzy craft balls, pipe cleaners, bubbles, markers/crayons and paper, “calm down activity cards” (see below), and a reflection card. The reflection card gives kids a visual to work through and problem-solve a situation that might have been related to their current stress.  It has visuals for “how you are feeling,”  “what …

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Becoming the Little Engine That Could: VRVRoom To Accomplishment

This week I will be reading the classic, The Little Engine That Could, with the children in my groups at school.  In this classic edition retold by Watty Piper, the author states, “She was a happy little train for she had such a jolly load to carry.  Her cars were filled full of good things …

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