ThoughtBuster: Lean Into Your Negative Thoughts

This week’s ThoughtBuster–a short illustrated exercise used to kick a negative thought to the curb–is inspired by the work of Brené Brown. Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, has spent her career studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. In her eye-opening TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, Brené discusses a common tendency to try to numb … Read more

Thoughtbuster: Locate Your Negative Thought and Yank it Out!

Have you ever wondered where your emotions live inside your body? Sounds a little strange, huh? This is what a group of researchers out of Finland recently asked 700 volunteers. Specifically, they were asked to indicate on a human silhouette where they felt various emotions within their body. The results were remarkably consistent across cultures and can be seen … Read more

Taking a Child from Cranky To Calm – 6 Strategies

From road rage to Black Friday brawls, even adults occasionally struggle with regulating their emotions. After all, the world can be a stressful, confusing and overwhelming place. Now imagine being a toddler faced with the same challenges, except your brain lacks the ability to help you calm these unpleasant feelings. As humans transition from infancy … Read more

How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

Originally published by Renee Jain on PsychCentral.com Growing up, I was a bit of a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep … Read more

5 Things Never to Say to an Anxious Child

Originally published by Renee Jain on PsychCentral.com I wanted to sleep with a bat under my pillow. It was plastic; nonetheless, it was a weapon. I was five years old, and I firmly believed that each night when I went to sleep, a robber would break into the house. I needed something to defend myself (and maybe … Read more

A Mindful Minute: 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise for Kids

This mindful breathing technique is simple, yet powerful. The best part is it can be done anywhere and requires no equipment whatsoever. Breathing exercises can help shift the nervous system away from fight-or-flight mode (causing racing hearts, sweaty palms, shallow breathing etc.) into rest-and-digest mode (where the body heals and regenerates by performing tasks such … Read more