After such a tough year, it’s not surprising that mental health is in the news. Everyone is doing their best to deal with the challenges that have cropped up - so we want to help and offer something that kids can actually DO to proactively learn about and take care of their mental health.
This collection of techniques and tips will help build resilience and boost confidence to help us take care of our mental health!
To make a Magic Worry Box you need:
An empty tissue box - decorate it, wrap it in some nice paper, add stickers or sequins! You could make it look like a monster by adding googly eyes, teeth & pom poms - then it’s like the monster eats your worries when you put them inside! Make sure it has a hol...
A short mindfulness video for kids. In this episode of Cosmic Kids Zen Den I explain in a kid-friendly way that we are separate from our thoughts. They come and go - and we can observe them. There's a really clever way of remembering this - our mind is like a pond full of fish. The fish are our ...
Join Jaime on a special Zen Den field frip - a mindful walk in the beautiful countryside!
Mindful walking is a way of noticing what's going on around you while you take a walk. Instead of racing to where you're going, you take your time and really notice what you see, hear and feel.
Another Zen Den mindfulness video!
Jaime explains how thoughts work. They're like bubbles which come and go (POP!)
Have fun understanding how your thinking works - and learn that every thought is just a passing bubble!
Jaime tells a story from a childhood math lesson, to illustrate how the amygdala (our 'guard dog') can be so good at protecting us - a little TOO good - that it stops the thinking part of our brain (our 'owl' - the pre-frontal cortex) from doing its work!