Great Ted Talk presented by Psychologist, Alison Ledgerwood about how certain ways of thinking effect the way we behave and how we get stuck in Negative Self Talk more often than positive thoughts and what we can do to change this. The research is very interesting and definitely worth a watch Click to watch
This short and simple meditation will help you set a clear intention to create a fantastic 2016.
Today I am looking at Children and their Emotions. Are children more anxious or sensitive these days or are we more aware of how our kids are feeling and experiencing situations?
I have found Brain Gym exercises have been great with children of all ages to help with dealing with stress, learning difficulties, mental health programs, improving brain function, memory and concentration and so much more. I have found talking about the child's day and asking how they felt about certain things that they experienced, also drawing or writing about their feelings helps to release blocked emotions and anxieties. I have also found when children are getting frustrated or anxious a gentle head massage or holding your fingers gently on their forehead will often soothe, calm and refocus the child, they are then able to explain their emotions/feelings in a more productive way. A drink of water is another way to relax and calm a child (or adult) as the brain's electrical and chemical actions are facilitated by water and therefore improves concentration. Water enhances the brain's ability to be more efficient and effective when processing information and therefore will assist in mood fluctuations, anxiety and tantrums.
There is also a great program run by The Macquarie University in Sydney called' Cool Kids' since 1993 through their 'Centre for Emotional Health'. This skill based program includes topics:
* Learning about feelings and anxiety
* Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
* Ways that parents can help
* Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders)
* Learning to solve a problem
* Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing
Image from Cool Kids website.
Another great resource for parents with children that may have anxious tendencies is called 'Don't think about Purple Elephants' written by Susan Whelan. Susan's daughter had suffered from anxiety from a young age but through activities, tools and games she was able to eliminate her fears and anxieties. http://purpleelephants.com.au/ Thanks to ABC All in the Mind for information.
What a fun way to spend a morning. Cathy's Crazed Institute of Go Disco ran a one off class with Go Disco in Torquay mixing all of those fun dance fads from the 60's, 70's and 80's music with a focus on funky disco moves. It was a great way to exercise, have fun, laugh hugely and everyone enjoyed themselves. This hour class left everyone feeling uplifted, inspired and energized.
Some reviews from the session include:
'It was fun, it loosened me up' Sarla
'I enjoyed the fact that everybody felt free to do what they could …..and didn't seem to feel at all self conscious . Fun environment that all ages thrived in' Wendy
'It was a friendly atmosphere and fun way to workout' Helen
'What an awesome way to exercise, I laughed so much and enjoyed dancing to the old tunes' - Mary
The use of simple, yet powerful moves to switch your brain on and integrate your brain with your body, will allow it to function optimally, and therefore increase concentration and your ability to focus, improve your memory and enhance your learning ability. To learn more about exercises we can do to strengthen our brain function contact Jo