Follow along with a breathing meditation to help you calm down or center your thinking.
What foods bring you comfort? Watch this video for some ideas.
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10 Minute Meditation
Find a quiet place. Turn your volume down so that you can listen quietly.
Some people like a steady humming sound (like a fan) to help them relax.
Take a virtual kayak trip and listen to the sounds of water and nature.
Virtual Reality Hot Air Balloon
Turn down the volume and listen to the music quietly while you virtually soar through the air. Use the arrows in the top left corner to look up/down or left/right.
Use this meditation to let go of future worries and stay in the now.
Yoga for Uncertain Times
There are several FREE yoga videos in this series.
Try this one for loneliness.
Use items that you have at home to make fidgets or sensory items.
Reflexology is a traditional medicine used to improve health through pressure point massage. Give it a try- even if you do not believe in the science, the massage will feel great!
Create a Calm Space
Create a calm down space for each person in your home.
Click here to see a "fort" that Jacinta Moss created for her son. She hung a blanket and added calming activities. He loves it! (Jacinta is Co-Chair of our Family Service Committee.)
Scents & Emotions
Think about how a lemon smells...or cookies just out of the oven or freshly mowed grass. How does it make you feel? Certain scents can help us feel calm or happy. Give it a try with some items that you have at home!
This technique works for kids AND adults! It can hep reduce anxiety and stress.
Regular hugs work too! Spend some time snuggling a pet or getting/giving a hug to your family or friends.
Fidgets are another great way to calm down, relax, or distract yourself from stress. Turn down your volume and then try this virtual fidget spinner. The more you spin, you can unlock new fidget spinners.
Marika shares some ideas about resilience and shows how to practice mindfulness & deep breathing.
Many people have a tradition of sacred drumming in their culture. Drumming can be used to celebrate but it can also be use to soothe or to heal. Drum along and think about your heartbeat and the rhythm of your breath.
Blowing bubbles or blowing on a pinwheel can help us to slow down our breathing and our heart rate so that our bodies feel more calm. Download this FREE app for a virtual pinwheel. Then, blow on your cellphone and watch it spin!
Sometimes just watching a video of fluffy puppies is enough to give your mood a boost.
A very slow and peaceful movement exercise to practice awareness and focus breathing. Helpful to reduce stress and anxiety
Self-Compassion and mindfullness. Setting the mood for self-care. Watercolor and reflective writing.
Real-life fairies! Relax to these nighttime sounds and twinkling lights.
Unplug and spend some time in nature... bird song, the crunching of pine needles underfoot, the fresh smells of trees and flowers, and a gentle breeze... aaah.
Laughter is the best medicine!
Sometimes we don't feel like laughing. But science shows us that even when we pretend to laugh, chemicals are released in our bodies that can reduce pain and stress.
Be Kind to Yourself
This meditation is good for kids and adults and can be done from a chair. May I be Happy-- May I be Healthy-- May I be Safe-- May My Life Be Filled With Joy.
Visit our family page to find crisis & mental health resources, local services, cultural connections, circles of support, and more!
If you are looking for more ways to calm and relax, try our Community Bulletin Board You will also find physical activities, fun games, and familiy activities!