Thankfulness Is Great
It can be quite effective to set an intention to practice gratitude. When we regularly express our gratitude, wonderful things frequently come into our lives.
The positive energy that gratitude practice generates both inside and around us is lovely. It can reduce tension and anxiety and elicit positive emotions like joy and calm. And the holiday season is the ideal time of year to start this habit.
Give each member of the family a page of the paper (colorful construction paper and glitter might add to the excitement here).
Have each person list 5 to 10 things they are thankful for, ranging from lavish items to enjoyable small details.
Following that, everyone has a chance to recite their list aloud. What your children are thankful for might surprise you!
Inspired? Invest in thankfulness diaries so you can keep track of your ideas all year long. They serve as the ideal reminder that being thankful is a gift that never expires.
The practice of turning inside and paying attention to your breath is meditation. Seems easy enough, yet regular meditation has tremendous effects.
It’s never too early to make it a family goal for the kids to participate. But, it can be difficult to ask kids, especially young kids, to remain motionless and close their eyes for extended periods of time (or even two minutes!).
Instead, assist them in exploring their innermost selves using the power of imagination so they can also benefit from meditation’s lovely effects.
Ask the children to picture a magnificent ring of light forming around you all as you sit in a circle holding hands.
That lovely ring of light will get brighter as you sit still with your eyes closed. See how long you can all sit in meditation together.
To enhance the ambiance, turn on holiday lights in the space. Even light instrumental music can be played to keep everyone’s attention.
After that, take a deep breath simultaneously as a group and gently exhale before everyone opens their eyes. A collective hug and smiles mark the end of the meditation.
Respecting the Breath and Feelings
Your children can learn that their emotions are important by setting a family goal to respect one another’s sentiments.
To get your children thinking about emotions, ask those questions. What, for instance, transpires within their bodies when they are both excited and frustrated?
They will be able to manage these emotions better if they are aware of what is physically taking place in their body when they do.
Better still, print out a picture of the human body for each person. To help your children relate, use a body frame that is appropriate for a child’s size.
Then, ask children to color the part of the body that they believe is impacted by various emotions. When describing a sensation of anxiety or excitement, kids might draw the color of the heart.
Describe the importance of breathing and how it can aid in relaxation when negative emotions like rage, despair, or even excessive excitement appear.
With this activity, individuals can be reminded that their feelings count and that they can express their emotions without being too overwhelmed.
Your family’s connection will be maintained throughout the New Year and beyond if you set aside time each day to reflect on your feelings and intentions.
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