learn Mindfulness practices together with your child to care for stress and anxiety and to cultivate more joy in your lives.
Designed for children ages 5-9 and their parents.
If it seems that your children are dealing with greater levels of stress and anxiety than you did as a kid, you’re not alone. Often when I walk into kindergarten classrooms, students complain about feeling stressed and tired. Prolonged stress can impact a child’s ability to learn and grow. Fortunately, mindfulness practices can give children tools to use during times of stress.
I designed this course to teach both you and your children simple easy-to-use mindfulness practices to manage feelings of stress, worry, and anxiety. Parents will be able to integrate these practices into bedtime routines, or during the day to help their child strengthen their ability to handle stressors in their life.
MONDAY NIGHTS, JULY 29 THROUGH AUGUST 12, 2019
7:40-8:00 PM EST
This course teaches skills that increase resilience in the face of stress. Over 3 weeks students will learn to identify stressors in their life as well as in-the-moment practices to support their well being. We will meet once a week online for 20 minutes. Classes will be recorded and can be privately viewed at a later date.
Practices covered in this course:
When we feel overwhelmed, burned-out, tired, or stressed, we tend to disconnect from ourselves, others and our environment. TV, cell phones, alcohol/drugs, video games, food, and risky behaviors are some of the unhealthy ways we tune out to cope with these feelings. Connection practices help us objectively observe the present moment. We can connect to our internal experience, we can connect with others, and connect to the environment we are in. Connection practices help students recognize when they or others are having a hard time, check in with what they need to support themselves, and care for themselves in that moment.
Our bodies cannot differentiate between real and imagined stress. Stress engages our sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight). Prolonged engagement of the SNS turns into toxic stress which impacts attention, emotion and mood regulation, sleep, and learning. In contrast to the sympathetic nervous system is the parasympathetic nervous system (rest/digest). When engaged, the parasympathetic nervous system calms the body and mind, and increases access to our prefrontal cortex which supports executive functioning. Specific breath-work practices engage our parasympathetic nervous system to help our body get back to homeostasis.