We can all sometimes struggle to regulate emotions. Tantrums, outbursts, whining, defiance, fighting are all behaviours that can be seen when we are experiencing powerful feelings that are hard to control. Regulating emotions is particularly challenging when out of routine or at home for long periods of time. For Wellbeing Wednesday why not take some time to be calm and focused? This is also great for your emotional wellbeing.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY
Here are three Wellbeing Wednesday ideas for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | MY CALMING POSTER
Our friends at Scottish Attachment In Action (SAIA) developed the ‘My Calming Poster’. This poster explains that anger creates a chemical in the body called adrenaline, which makes it hard to think well and to make good decisions. There are lots of ways you can ease this adrenaline and angry feelings such as: writing about or drawing your feelings, or you could even try blowing up a balloon using an angry thought to power every puff! Why not take a look at the poster and try out some different ways to calm down?
ACTIVITY 2 | RELAX AND LISTEN
Listening to relaxing music can help you to stop and reset. Experiment with music to find out what suits you best. Many people enjoy hearing the calming roll of ocean waves, the trickle of raindrops, bird song, the gentle chirping of rain-forest animals, or the powerful roar of thunderstorms as they drift off. These sounds often rise and fall in volume and intensity, which you may find relaxing. This activity can be done alongside deep breathing to really help you to chill out. For examples of relaxing sounds CLICK HERE.
ACTIVITY 3 | YOGA
There comes a time when we learn that happiness comes from within. Feelings are never wrong; we just need to learn how to understand and cope with them. Yoga encourages mindfulness to allow you to grow in confidence and to be the best you can. It stretches your imagination and provides fantastic aerobic and strengthening exercises. Check out Cosmic Kids, https://tinyurl.com/cosmickidsyogaideas for some great free yoga videos, themed on stories and songs.