Mindful Mondays

Calming Jar Instructions

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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.

  • Conscious Breathing

    Try intentionally slowing down your breathing. Each time you inhale think to yourself, “I am breathing in for one,” and as you exhale think, “I am breathing out for one.” Repeat this until you reach the number five. Then pause and notice how you feel. You can repeat this breathing exercise anytime you feel overwhelmed.

  • Belly Breathing

    Taking full, deep breaths is a great way to calm down and manage your stress. Belly breaths is a way to practice taking those slow, deep breaths. Place your hand on your belly and as you breathe in notice your belly expanding or getting bigger. As you breathe out, notice your belly contracting or getting smaller. Keep belly breathing until you feel calm.