Mindful Mondays

Calming Jar Instructions

September 20, 2019

A calming jar is a great way for young children to control their emotions and self regulate.

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  • Dragon Breathing

    Deep breathing is one of the most important tools to lower stress in your body. Practice this fun breathing technique with your children. Breathe deeply and exhale as if you’re fogging up a bathroom mirror or breathing fire like a dragon. Take three deep dragon breaths seeing how loudly you can exhale.

  • Visualization

    Visualizing is a mindfulness technique to help you pause and focus on something in order to feel calm. Visualization is just imagining. Imagine that you are at the beach or in the mountains or in your favorite place. What things to you see there? What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you feel? Visualize some place that helps you feel calm and connected.

  • Mindful Stretching

    Practice taking gentle stretches while you take slow, deep breaths in and out. Let your head fall towards a shoulder, stretching your neck. Let your shoulders roll forward and back. Find small ways to breathe and move your body.