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Self-regulation resources and training to support children’s mental health

Nature, Nurture and Nourishment

Years and years ago, we sat, as families and communities around the blazing orange camp fire each night telling stories, jokes, sharing ideas and going over each day. We felt connected. But our modern day campfire has turned into a blue light. Each night we sit around our digital camp fires (some separate, some together) and watch stories and laugh and are entertained, but despite connection to the worldwide we just don’t have that feeling of deep connection. Added to this disconnect, we know, the blue light at night can have a damaging affect on our sleep and health, so exacerbating the problem.

And now, we all feel rather zoomed and videoed out. There are 3 things we can do to help get ourselves and our families back to feeling calm and connected again. Nature, Nurture and Nourishment.

Nature helps us feel more connected because we are nature. Walking, scavenger hunts, appreciating being in nature, breathing in fresh air, blowing on dandelions, getting exercise outside, sun rays and looking at greens and blues is all so so good for your child’s brain. This doesn’t have to be big expensive days out – just a little more time in garden, your local park or town walks appreciating the nature peeking through pavements. Spend as much time outside with shoes off and feel the grass or earth between your toes.

The next way to feel connected is Nurture – giving your child attention, affection and lots of affirmation can literally help grow their brain and help empower them, build resilience. In our Relax Kids classes, we do lots of this to help children feel calm confident and creative.

And finally Nourishment – nourishment through not just good food, but good thoughts, words and deeds as well as plenty of rest and relaxation. The rules for living a happy, connected life really are so simple. So, let’s help support our next generation with more nature, nurture and nourishment to build their physical and mental and emotional immunity.

Relax Kids is 23 years this year and we are continuing with our mission to help children feel more positive, resilient and believe in themselves. I’m very excited to announce our beautiful new website, we have a new range of books and audios coming, our children’s classes and Relax Kids, ChargeUp and Baby Mindful trainings have never been more popular. It really feels like a new beginning for Relax kids and I hope we can continue to support you and your family. Our coaches have continued to do incredible work supporting children. Many have never been busier and the feedback from children and parents is heart-warming – We will continue to do what we can to support you and your families mental and emotional health. We have created a beautiful new bumper giveaway to help support your family’s emotional wellbeing. It is a wonderful pack filled with lots of tools and exercises. I know you will just love it.

P.s Talking of nature, here are some lovely exercises you can do with the children in nature.

Wind bathing – Wind bathing helps restore balance and harmony to your system. Stand outside on a windy day and feel the wind touching your skin and hair. Turn around and let the wind touch your whole body. Sun Massage Stand in the sunshine. Focus on your skin and notice how the warm sun feels on your face and body. Turn around slowly allowing the sun to massage your skin.

Colour Bath – Choose a colour in nature – blue or green. Stand still and focus on that colour. Notice how it makes you feel. Breathe in and out slowly and feel as if you are relaxing in a lovely colour bath.

Cloud Watching – Look up at the clouds and watch them move. Notice the shapes and how they change. What shapes are they? Nature Sensing As you stand in the garden or park, notice 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell and notice how you feel inside. Fractal tracing Look at a tree in the distance and relax your eyes and with soft eyes follow the shape of the tree. What other exercises and games can you play in nature?

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