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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Notice your surroundings and release the tension in your body to practice mindfulness and encourage calmness.

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  • Mantra

    A mantra is a short word or phrase that you repeat to yourself while meditating. The word or phrase can be anything that helps you feel calm and centered and could be something like “I am safe, I feel calm,” “Love,” or “I breathe in, I am calm, I breathe out I’m smile.” Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, breathe and repeat a word or phrase that helps you feel calm.

  • Straw Breathing

    Practice taking slow, deep breaths out. Sometimes when we feel anxious or stressed our breathing gets quick and shallow. Focusing on slowing down and lengthening your breathing can help you feel calm. You can use a straw to practice these slow breaths. Take a deep breath in, put the straw to your lips and slowly breathe out.

  • Bubble Breathing

    When blowing bubbles, we breath in and purse our lips and breath out slowly. When bubble breathing, you breath the same way: in slowly through the nose and out through pursed lips. The next time you're feeling overwhelmed, take a time out and practice bubble breathing to regain your composure and feel calm.