We understand the difficult situation that we are going through in these moments. Definitely, to be at home all day is an important challenge that we have to learn to manage (look for activities indoors for the children, keep busy with the house chores, work online, among other important activities). In Villa Per Se we are not only working for our students to continue with their academic learning, but we are also searching their emotional well-being.
This is why, we will explain in this article some “calm strategies” that you can apply with your children, and why not among yourselves.
Many times we feel angry or anxious for different reasons, this is why it is very important to go from time to time to a more peaceful place (your bedroom, your “calm space”, or wherever you feel comfortable) and apply these breathing strategies (as many times as necessary) to calm down.
Probably, the first times it will be necessary to accompany our children in these moments.
It is important to have drawings to color because this activity helps to calm us down, because we are channeling our emotions through the coloring.
What I can and cannot control
Many times we feel overwhelmed with situations that are not under our control. It is important to recognize them and to differentiate them, this will help us find calm. In adults as well as in our children, we can apply the following strategy: Identify the things that I can and cannot control. Please check the following example:
Fort he anxiety
The situation of compulsory isolation can cause anxiety, stress, fear, or can be extremely difficult for anxious people. To calm the anxious thoughts you can do the following activities as: identify them, write them or look for a solution.
The “worry jar” helps you to reduce your anxious thoughts and worries. Putting your thoughts into this jar will help you to take them away from your mind, at least for a while. What things would you not like to be worried about? Write them in the jar!
It could be of great help to choose a moment of the day, and -only in that specific moment- you are allowed to go to the jar and to get worried about those thoughts.
Identifying the things, thoughts and sensations that makes us anxious also helps us in managing them. You may give your son or daughter this “silhouette” and encourage him or her to answer these questions:
What things make me feel anxious? Write them or draw them around the silhouette.
What thoughts make me feel anxious? Write them or draw them around the silhouette.
How do I feel my body when I am anxious? Color the parts where you feel this emotion.
What can you do next time that you feel anxious and want to feel better?