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More Stress Relieving Activities – for kids too!

After the success of the first stress relieving post last week, I decided to create another with more tips and tricks to battle stress! But this time, I decided to add some kid activities also! If you haven’t seen the first post, check it out here Stress Relieving Activities.

Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help you take action, feel more energised and even get results. But if you become overwhelmed by stress, it can begin to have a negative impact. Stress isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis, but it is closely linked to your mental health in two important ways:

  • Stress can cause mental health problems, and make existing problems worse. For example, if you often experience and struggle to manage feelings of stress, you may develop a mental health problem like anxiety or depression. 
  • Mental health problems can also cause stress. You might find coping with the day-to-day symptoms of your mental health problem, as well as medication, can become extra sources of stress.

Stress can also have an impact on our physical health, with ways including:

  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Upset stomach

There can be many different reasons for this, as stress can often make it hard to sleep or eat well, both of which can affect our physical health. It can also be a result of hormones. When we feel anxious, our bodies release hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. If you are often stressed, then your body may be producing high levels of these hormones, which can make you feel physically unwell, which as a result can have a negative impact on your mental health.

I can’t dance! I like to think I can dance, but I most definitely cannot! But who cares? When I am alone, usually in my room, and I play a song that I just can’t help but move to, I am the happiest person alive. Putting on your favourite playlist and letting loose is, of course, good exercise, which alone is a stress reliever. Dancing to music from a happy time and place in your life can trigger positive memories, as well, taking your mind off your stress. As mentioned in the previous post, music is personal choice, and not everyone enjoys dancing, even solo. So do what you personally find comfortable!

Again, this is personal choice, as some people find showering a more relaxing activity (like me). But every now and then, depending on my stress levels, a hot bath FULL of bubbles is a great way to take my mind off daily worries.  If you like, add in some other calming sensory stimulators, like fragrant soap or some chilled music.

I am a huge fan of journaling, so much so that I even started to create and sell my own! I have mentioned the benefits of journaling in previous posts, but I will repeat it once again here! Journaling can help you keep track of your thoughts, whilst allowing a release for built-up emotions. There are many different types of journaling, including:

Writing – this is perfect for keeping track of thoughts and emotions.
Bullet – this works best for lists and goals.
Photo – this is where you journal about specific memories and photos.
Dream – used to write down dreams from the night before, especially one of significance.
Travel – this is used for documenting different travels. Often includes thoughts, photos, memories and goals.
Gratitude – strictly for all the things you are grateful for

Journaling is a helpful practice to cultivate for many reasons. It allows you to look back and see your thoughts and emotions at one point in history. It helps guide you to make better decisions when looking back at past memories, emotions and experiences. It also helps you notice patterns in your behaviour and attitudes, and serves as a source of encouragement, reminding you of achievements.

As you may already know, I am currently a university student studying creative writing. So as you can imagine, I love reading stories just as much as love writing them. What you read depends on personal choice! I personally prefer sitting down with a good thriller, while others enjoy reading their favourite magazine. It all depends on what you personally find relaxing.

Okay, I am going to say it – I can’t cook. I can’t cook a nice meal, I can’t put basic ingredients together and my baking is definitely not something you want to try. But, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it. I find baking a very relaxing activity, mostly because it can be messy, and I love making mess (mostly because I love cleaning mess. I know it’s strange, just go with it). So even when I pull my ‘disasterpieces’ out of the oven, and I end up binning over half, I still feel relaxed. Baking can reduce stress in so many ways. It can be a sensory experience, and is a project that requires planning, concentration and mindfulness, which activities your brain. Plus, if you enjoy it, it’s fun!

You have no idea how much I wanted to make slime myself for this post! But, with shielding from the virus and all, I am kind of stuck in my house without ingredients! But no worries, stock images and instructions will have to do! Slime works like a stress toy. It is a simple and effective gadget that can help you to relax while playing with it. The core function of slime toys is to take your mind off your stressors and calm your nerves. So, here’s how you make one type of slime! But, if you are a child reading this post, please make sure you have an adult to help you!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8-ounce bottle Elmer’s white school glue
  • 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons contact saline solution, more as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • Food coloring, optional

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SLIME

Add glue and food coloring to bowl. Squeeze the bottle of glue into a bowl (photo 1). Add your food coloring if desired, and stir until combined. Then mix in baking soda (photo 2).

Mix in saline solution. Add 1 1/2 Tablespoons saline solution and mix until combined (photo 3). If it’s too sticky, add 1/2 Tablespoon more solution at a time. The more you add, the thicker it’ll be. The less you add, the slimier it’ll be (see texture in photo 4).

Knead the slime. Using your hands, knead the slime until it holds together. It will be wet and gooey at first, but just keep kneading until it all comes together.

Store slime. Store slime in a container with lid, or in a zip top bag. The slime is best to play with on a place mat.

TIPS FOR MAKING SLIME

  • Use plastic bowls and spoons to make clean up easier.
  • Make sure to get the color correct before adding the saline. It’s harder to mix in when it begins to thicken.
  • For thicker slime, add more saline solution. For a slimier texture, add less saline.
  • Slime is best to play with on a place mat, plastic tablecloth or even a trash bag.
  • Can add in extras like glitter, scented oils or even mini styrofoam balls.
  • Recipe makes about a cup of slime. Can double or triple based on how many kids there are.
  • If you have long hair, make sure to put it into a pony tail. If a little slime gets in your hair, simply rub some coconut oil or olive oil on top and comb it out.

And that’s it! There are so many different types of slime you can make, some that require less and different ingredients, so feel free to explore different techniques!

Watching a movie, much like reading a book, can be a very relaxing form of self-care. There’s not much to say with this section, other than grab a blanket and some popcorn, and cuddle up on the sofa with your favourite movies!

Even older children (and adults like myself) can have fun and relax with some bubble solution and a wand. See how many you can get in the air at one time or how many you can pop before they touch the ground.

I have mentioned the benefits of colouring in previous blog posts, and it is most definitely one of my go-to activities when taking a mental health day. Colouring is a great activity for spiritual self-care, which is all about finding a meaning for our lives, and developing a deeper connection with ourselves -it allows us to discover our true selves. There are many benefits to colouring, including:
Reduced anxiety and stress – colouring has the ability to relax the mind. It induces the same state as meditating by reducing restless thoughts.
Improved Sleep – replacing technology with colouring before bed helps relax your mind before sleep.
Improved Focus – colouring requires focus, but not enough to make you stressed. It allows you to push everything else aside and live in the moment, generating focus.

And that’s it for this post! Thank you for reading, and I hope you have found the tips beneficial! To finish of this post, I would like to share with you a discount code for my online mental health planner shop! To celebrate Daisies and Bruises turning two, I am giving all of my viewers, followers and subscribers a 30% discount code for all of shops products! There is no minimum spend, or any terms and conditions! I would like to thank all of you for supporting the blog these past two years, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it! To claim your 30% discount, head over to the shop and in the checkout, and use the code:
DAISIES30

I will also add a code link at the bottom of this post, which makes it easier!

Thank you again for reading!

-Amy

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