Recently I was privileged to run a workshop with some parents on ‘Kids and Anxiety’.  I always feel humbled by these parents who attend and who want to know more for their families.  As I researched material and was thinking about the increase of anxiety in both adults and kids lives, I was thinking about the way we are continually bombarded with images and stories of amazing people doing amazing things and the way it is so easy to feel like we are missing out and then anxiety slips in.

We are living in world where we actually have to fight to stay content as there is always bigger and better, but to be aware of that fact actually helps in the pursuit of contentment and simple living . As we pursue this, it helps our families to be able to appreciate the simple things in life and as this happens, anxiety can be reduced.

img_6976“The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.”   Josh Becker

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kids and anxiety workshop

This morning one of my kids did not want to go to school. There were tears and tiredness involved.  I watched the rise of tears and then the calm afterwards.  I watched a child then get ready for school and pull himself together incredibly well.

I understand now that there was a ‘wave of anxiety’ that needed to be moved through and we saw it abate relatively quickly.

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I will be talking about the ‘wave of anxiety’ and other things at a ‘Kids and anxiety’ workshop that is running tomorrow, Tuesday October 25, at the time of either 9:15am or 7 pm at West Beach Primary school. Duration is approximately 1 hour.

You are welcome to come and bring friends!
Love to see you there.

Rebekah x

A thought for the weekend – exercise!

“Do you know, exercise reduces anxiety and stress, the risk of hypertension, of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, insomnia, obesity and probability of dementia?  That it improves not only physical but also cognitive functioning? That a bit of exercise can double muscle strength in frail adults of 87 years of age? Even more, psychological research demonstrates that exercise may be the most reliable happiness booster of all activities (Lyubomirsky, 2008)  (Positive Psychology in a Nutshell Ilona Boniwell Page 125)

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 No matter how big or small, can I encourage you this weekend to try to do some exercise?
Grab the kids, maybe a friend and try to do some form of exercise. You’ll feel better for it!

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Please can we go play?

This week’s blogs, seem to have become reminders of topics I have previously written about.  (Just in case some of you didn’t know,  if you click on the words in blue, they are links to the past blog entries.) In my readings this week these topics of treasure and play surfaced again.

When I step into a classroom, one of the first thing kids ask is “are we going to do fitness today?”

As I was doing some reading, the penny dropped. I knew that play was important and I have written about play in a few past blogs (Play , More on play, Positive emotions in play…again!)  but I was reminded again how important it is for positive emotions.

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“Play is what we all LOVE to do. Play is where our subconscious naturally guides us. Play is the state where we are truly ourselves, once we let go of our egos and fear of looking stupid. Play immerses us in the moment, where we effortlessly slip into flow. Play allows us to imagine, to create, to bond with and understand each other. Play is what creates our strongest social circles.

And most importantly, play utterly destroys anxiety. Play gets you around other humans, face-to-face, and allows you to form a real connection with them. Play allows you to stop taking your life so damn seriously, so you can start living again.”   Charlie Hoen  How I Cured My Anxiety

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Hoen suggests that we “write down all the activities that repeatedly brought you joy from your childhood, then start incorporating them back into your life.”

He tells the story, instead of meeting a client for coffee he suggested meeting in the park and throwing a football.

Kids seem to know the importance of play instinctively and they want it. As parents,  teachers and adults we have the challenge to build it into their lives and ours!  What do you think? Try making the list and playing this weekend.

I would love to hear if anyone does it.

Dr Suess   “Adults are just obsolete children.”