Stress Management

Heart Broadcasting Station: Listen To Your Love Song and Send It Out For Others To Hear!

When we remember to follow our hearts, we become more authentic, more joyful and sometimes spontaneously creative and energetic. Research from Heartmath, (www.heartmath.org), shows that our hearts are in fact a lot like a broadcast station.  When electrodes are placed on the body to measure heart rhythms, the electrical voltage measured is about 60 times …

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Mind Pirates First Step: FIND THEM!

I don’t know how to slow it down, my mind’s racing from chasing pirates. . . the silliest things flap around in my brain, impossible schemes swim around. –Nora Jones song, Chasing Pirates I can so identify with Nora Jones as she belts out….”and I don’t know how to slow it down.”  In fact I …

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Visualization for Healing: Mining Out The Pain

So last night my daughter was struggling with a pretty icky headache.  As we were trying many remedies to help her lessen the pain, my partner’s son, who is 13, offered this visualization.  He said, “You know, when I get a headache, I imagine all these little miners in my head carrying out buckets of …

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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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Glitter Jar

I love the glitter jar!  The school counselor, Michele Bourgeois, LCSW, at my school uses this in her groups.  She also created the gorgeous example in the picture!!!  Use this jar to begin relaxation practice.  It is a wonderful way for kids to have a visual focus while deep breathing.  Help your child learn to …

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Surfing the Stress Wave

Starting back to school can produce waves of stress in children’s bodies and minds.  Showing them how to ride the stress wave without jumping into reactivity or impulsive actions based on strong feelings, is a golden skill that will support children throughout their life. STEP ONE:  So, I invite kids to pay attention to when …

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Deep Sensory + Yoga = Calm Student

Want a quick way to help your special needs students achieve a more calm, relaxed, focused state?  I have been using this routine in my school to provide a sensory break for students with high functioning autism. The routine consists of using the “My First Yoga” app,  It is a fabulous, simple, low-language app, that …

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Superhero Powers

Superheros are rocking our world this summer!  With Avengers making record financial history, everywhere you turn in shopping land, a superhero is ready to greet you. Last night I was the superhero of my own dream. Before I fell asleep, after a particularly exhausting parenting day, I thought to myself, I would really like a dream filled …

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