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How Your Brain Works Under Stress
What Happens to Your Brain When You Are Stressed and What Can You Do?
This short article is child friendly and has pictures and diagrams to help explain how our brain works when we feel stressed. It also offers a widely used technique showing how we can stop ourselves reacting and start responding positively.
Breathing Techniques for Children
Breathing slowly and deeply in, and slowing and deeply out, helps our bodies to become calm.
The following are some breathing techniques I have done with children over the last 15 years. They work! Try them out with your kids:
5 Finger Breathing, Balloon Breathing and Bubble Blowing.
Short video by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films).
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Why is Colouring Good for You?
There are a few theories as to why colouring is good for you.
The most obvious one is that it’s a mindful exercise. It allows the brain to focus on one task and not think about the past or the future, but only the here and now. This in itself helps to reduce anxiety.
It activates the creative part of your brain without the pressure of producing a work of art from scratch. All you must do is stay in the lines and choose your colours!
Science also shows that we are hard-wired to respond to patterns in nature (mostly recurring patterns like petals, butterfly wings and crystal formation for example), which can reduce our stress levels by up to 60%.
Combine all of this together and you have a powerful tool to help you reduce stress.
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Why Practise Mindful Listening?
There are sounds all around us. Mindful listening helps us become more focussed on important sounds so we can choose what we respond to and how positively we respond to it. This practise also helps us to listen to a teacher, parent or friend more carefully, with what they are saying and how they are saying it. This gives us a much clearer understanding and helps us make better decisions.
Blind Tasting Game
Why Practise Mindful Eating?
The most obvious thing we notice when practising Mindful Eating, is that the flavours appear to be stronger. Many people say that by slowing down when eating their food, they enjoy it better and feel a greater sense of gratitude.
Organs in our body communicate with our brain all the time. It takes about 20 minutes for our stomach to ‘tell’ our brain we are full and to stop eating. If we have eaten our entire meal in 4 minutes, not only have we barely tasted it, but we are not giving ourselves time to know when to stop, which often leads to overeating and can lead to obesity.
If we take the time to take a few slow, deep breaths before we eat, we physically calm our bodies. This allows for better digestion and is much healthier for us.
What is Gratitude? How Can it Help?
Why is Being Grateful Good for You?
Being grateful can increase our happiness by up to 25%! It is a value well worth practising, after all what we practise, we become good at.
Click on the FREE download to find out fun ways of increasing your gratitude.
Why Practise Mindful Seeing?
By carefully focussing on what we see, we have a better understanding of our surroundings, other people and ourselves. Mindful seeing involves slowing down and giving our full attention. This improves many skills including memory, reading and drawing, but it also helps us understand body language, facial expressions and how people are feeling. With a deeper understanding of people, we can respond to situations much more positively.
Why Practise Mindful Smelling?
Smells are truly amazing. Not only do smells warn us to keep away from something bad for us, like rotting food, or draw us to something pleasant, like a flower in bloom, but it can also trigger a memory, like the smell of a loving aunt’s perfume. Smells which give us pleasure, release a ‘feel good’ chemical in the brain called Dopamine. Feeling good is important for our wellbeing and our learning.
The Sense of Touch
Why Fine-Tune Your Sense of Touch?
Why Eat Well?
Our hands play an important role in the sense of touch. They give us information about our world, like the soft, smooth texture of a rose petal, or the cold slippery surface of a melting ice cube. Our fingertips also feel pain and temperature, which acts to protect us. Our hands allow us to do a range of tasks and fun activities and communicate with our brain constantly while we explore our environment.
This article is aimed for children above 7 years old. It explains that eating well helps our good bacteria, which in turn help us. Guidelines for eating well are included, along with a fun quiz and a two challenges to choose from. Enjoy!