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A Reminder... 7 Holiday Stress Busters for Kids (and you too!)
From Imagery For Kids archives, and now on the Huffington Post, a wonderful
reminder how to have stress-free holidays for the whole family.
Although holiday time means presents and no school for most American kids, it
can also be a stressful time - particularly in families facing financial
challenges, in split or blended families, and in families where a loved one has
recently passed away.
One of the first steps for parents is to realize how much stress kids are under
- much of it related to the economy and school. A recent American Psychological
Association's Stress in America survey found that while 45 percent of teens and
26 percent of tweens said they were under more stress this year, less than a
third of parents even noticed their kids' increased worry.
And their worry is affecting the quality of their lives: 42 percent of teens
and 30 percent of tweens report headaches; 49 percent of teens and 39 percent
of tweens cite difficulty sleeping; 39 percent of teens and 27 percent of
tweens say they eat too much or too little.
Here are 7 simple holiday stress-reducing strategies that can make a
Visualize a heart-filled holiday: You can do this one at the dinner table. Have
everyone in the family close their eyes, focus on their heart, and imagine what
kind of holiday will bring joy into their heart. Then share your ideas around
the table. This helps kids feel listened to, cared for, and included.
Give the gift of calmness: Ancient wisdom and modern research point to the
calming effects and health benefits of slow, deep breathing. Make a regular
practice of taking 1 to 5 minutes each day of relaxing "balloon breathing."
Breathe in to a count of 3 about 2 inches below the navel, imagining there's a
balloon filled up with air, and out to that same slow count. It'll center and
rebalance every family member to face the joys and inevitable disappointments
of the holiday season.
Offer distress a voice: If this is your child's first holiday without a loved
one - grandpa passed away, or big sister is in Afghanistan - younger family
members may feel a deep sense of loss. Or maybe your child is feeling the
stress of a recent divorce. Give her paper and markers, and ask her to draw
whatever is making her sad or mad. Then ask her what the picture wants to say
out loud. Often, putting a face on an emotion and letting it "speak" makes the
child feel better - and gives the parent a way to understand what's going on.
Sweat is sweet: Kids (and adults) can get all pent up during the holiday time.
Surprise little ones by clearing the furniture out of the center of the room,
turning on some fun music, and dancing vigorously for 10 minutes. Or bundle up
the family and take a wintry walk while playing "I Spy." Exercise releases
feel-good chemical and is one of the fastest ways to chase away holiday blahs
and instill a sense of togetherness.
Blow out negativity, light up hope: Create a family ritual of hope. Have two
candles for each family member: one lit, one not. Have each imagine what they'd
like to let go of - what no longer serves them - and say, "I'm going to toss
this out (anger, worry, meanness to my sister) when I blow this candle out."
Then light a new candle and share, "I hope to bring in (kindness, faith,
cleaning my room) as I light anew." Let go of the old and bring in the new. You
can use one candle to symbolize all, or light up your whole home with several.
Read more on the Huffington post here...
Still Time: Save on Your Holiday Gifts
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With love and light,
My Holiday Gift for You
"Connecting From the Heart"
A guided journey for family and friends
From "The Power of Your Child's Imagination"
This guided meditation can create a heart-centered, loving family atmosphere
that meets everyone's needs. Adapt the language for your family as you see fit.
If the entire family is participating, you might record the script so you can
all share the experience at once and then gather everyone into a circle, facing
You'll find the script at Psychology Today HERE.
A recorded version of this script, along with 9 other guided journeys, is found
on The Power of Your Child's Imagination Double CD. More info here.
About Dr. Charlotte Reznick
Charlotte Reznick PhD specializes in helping children and adolescents develop
the emotional skills necessary for a happy and successful life. She is a
licensed educational psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of
Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Charlotte is the creator of Imagery For Kids^TM:
Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment and is the author/
producer of several therapeutic CDs for children, teens, and parents. An
international workshop leader on the healing power of children's imagination,
she maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, California. Visit
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