INSIDE: How to calm down and stress less with 10 easy and fun mindful kids ideas.
Whether its from our kids, aging parents or just trying to balance everyday work + kids, we’re all a little bit stressed. And our kids are not immune from feeling stress either. Especially right now with Coronavirus news all around us, school and extra-curriculars cancelled or postponed. #stress
Whatever the reason, big or small, everyone can benefit from becoming more mindful.
Here are 10 easy and fun ways to calm down and de-stress with 10 mindful kid ideas and activities. Works on mom and dad too.
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How to Calm Down with 10 Mindful Kids Ideas
Take a Deep Breath
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids to ‘take a deep breath’. You know, in through the nose and out through the mouth. I’ll then either hear loud and exaggerated breathing, or rapid and panicky breathing. 🙄
So if yoga breathing is proving challenging for your kid, try this Rainbow Breathing Exercise.
Play a Game Together
Games that require quiet concentration, like Jenga for Kids, Memory or Rummikub, can be fun ways to take a pause from the busyness of life and sit still for few minutes.
Make a Glitter Jar
Feeling angry, frustrated or sad? Instead of what many of us do (maybe, sometimes, we take it out on someone else), make DIY Glitter Jars where we can shake away our negative emotions. Learn how to make this easy, fun craft stress-in-a-jar craft!
Put Your Hand On Your Heart
Sometimes the best thing any of us can do is hit pause. Even just for one minute. When frustration and stress mounts, stop and put a hand on your heart and just breathe.
Or, depending on the age of the kids, encourage them to jump up and down for 30 seconds. Then stop and put their hands on their heart and feel the beat. Focus on how their heartbeat and breathing feels.
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Mindful Coloring Sheets
Download a free mindful coloring sheet for the kids. There is nothing as meditative as mindlessly coloring your troubles away!
You can find some great ones here for all ages and coloring abilities.
Daily DIY Gratitude Jar
Most of us think of gratitude during the holiday season. But making gratitude a daily practice is only of the fastest ways to achieving mindfulness. You can easily create your own Gratitude Jar and read the entries at dinnertime.
Use Your Five Senses to Explain ‘Presence’
So then how do you get kids to understand the concept of getting out of their heads and into the current moment?
One easy way is to have kids use their five senses to stop and focus on what they are hear, see, feel and feel right now.
Grab this free downloadable worksheet as a helpful starter to learning the abstract idea of ‘presence’.
Blindfold Taste Test
Another fun way to teach presence and experiencing life with the five senses is to stage your own blindfolded taste test! You can use food in the fridge, pantry or garden if you have one. Have your child close their eyes, relax, taste the food and describe it.
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DIY Kids Zen Garden
Make your own calming zen garden using kid-safe containers, like divided paper plates or leftover takeout boxes. Let the kids customize their gardens with rocks or shells, then rake away their troubles!
Beading Necklaces and Bracelets
Give your kiddo a bunch of beads so they can focus on the mindful task of inserting bead on pipe cleaner, string or bendable wire.
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