Friday, January 13, 2017

Easing Stress and Anxiety with GoNoodle

Did you see my post on the GoNoodle Blog?  You can read it here as well:
There is no denying the fact that stress is all around us.  As adults, we are more aware of what causes us stress, and how we can cope with it.  As a working mom, I am stressed all the time.  However, I have learned that active movement and breathing exercises help me cope with it.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for many children.  Children are inundated with demands and stimuli constantly; it is honestly never ending.  Due to this, there has been a rise in childhood stress and anxiety with little understanding as to what to do.  It is however important to note that some stress is good!  Learning is stressful, but the art of learning and having a growth mindset is imperative.
So, how do we as parents help our children tame and tackle this anxiety they feel? We use GoNoodle as a tool!  GoNoodle is packed with breathing exercises, focus tools, and intention setters to help with the stress and anxiety that children deal with.

Here are a list of my top 5 GoNoodle videos for easing stress and anxiety in children:
1. Rainbow Breath - this guided breathing exercise provides a beautiful visual of taking a breath to eliminate the stress.
2. Begin Again - in 3 minutes and 26 seconds, children are guided through a refocus exercise to strengthen their growth mindset.  This is the perfect video to do with your children before sitting down to work on homework, or before they leave for school.  I love having a conversation about how the video helped as well.
3. Swirling - just like numbers 1 and 2, this is a video under the FLOW Channel.  Swirling is a focus tool that teaches kiddos how to take all the chaos around them and let it settle into a quiet pile.
4. The Think About It channel!  Seriously, every video on this channel is AMAZING!  I honestly use them myself.  They are one minute intention setters that allow children, or adults for that matter, to create a focus and intention to their day.  These are perfect to do before leaving for school in the morning, plus they also provide a great conversation starter after school.
5.   Hug It Out, with Maximo - before or after a stressful event everyone needs a hug.  Maximo guides kiddos through mindful movement while incorporating cross-lateral movement, an important motion for brain development.
I hope that you and your children find some success with the videos that I have mentioned.  If you try any of these or use other ones at home let me know in the comments!  Happy Movement!!!

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