Tips to help self-calm

Are you ever faced with a screaming toddler or a raging teenager? Or perhaps feeling out of control yourself? To be able to think properly, and to even be capable of appropriate decisions; we must first be calm. Calm means to soothe our minds and bodies so that we are ready to engage physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually and/or spiritually.

Here are some techniques we can use:

  • Reduce Stimulation: Our senses quickly become overloaded when provided with too much stimuli. Try reducing excess noise, focusing on one task at a time, turning off electronics, and reducing clutter.
  • Take a few sips of water
  • Deep breathe
  • Spend some time snuggling with a pet
  • Do something creative (take photos, colour, write something, cook)
  • Activate one sense to help calm and soothe, for example, soothing music, a warm or cool drink, a bath, something that smells good
  • Rhythmic movement and exercise : walking, dancing, singing
  • Get out into nature!


Comments

3 Responses to “Tips to help self-calm”

  1. Victoria says:

    I found this article helpful. It was a good reminder of strategies to use when feeling stressed.

  2. Mel says:

    A lot of these we can do with our children! Thanks for these great ideas.

  3. Teresa says:

    Thanks for the reminder. . . when we can self-calm, then we can help our children to calm down.

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