This pandemic we are living in can be hard on families with young kids. You are home, all day, with no relief or maybe you are out working and worrying that you might be bringing something home to your children. Your kids may be scared too, and maybe they're so young that they don’t have the emotional skills to be able to process this level of fear and uncertainty. Adults also need more ways to calm and soothe themselves during this time of high intensity. New and improved coping skills can help. Below are some links to a few quick and easy techniques you can use to help your kids and yourself calm the body more quickly, and reduce anxious feelings to something that's more workable.
One of the most efficient ways to calm anxiety and tension is to help the body calm itself.
One way to do this is to practice a technique called the “The Butterfly Hug.” This simple body-based technique helps the flight or fight response to relax and allows the body to calm itself quickly. Your body being calm helps your kids to be more calm too. Try the technique on yourself first and see how you feel. Watch the videos below and follow along:
1. The Soothing Butterfly Hug can calm and rebalance the nervous system using bilateral stimulation. It can help you better manage traumatic reactions, and lessen intense emotions and symptoms of stress: