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Stress Buster - Focus on a Color or Image For 1 Minute

By: Lori Lite
This blog post is reprinted with the express permission of the author as appeared on her website

The Mental Health Association recommends that we stop the chatter in our heads in order to decrease stress. With a little effort, relaxation can be achieved for you, your children, and even your teen!

  1. Focus on an image. Set a timer for 30 seconds and try to think only of that image. When you become comfortable with 30 seconds increase your time to one minute. Let your children and teens try this with you. Kids will see it as a game and time spent bonding with mom or dad. Teens may want to do it privately or never even let you know they tried. Plant the relaxation seed. You never know when it will start to grow.
  2. Focus on a color. It can be a sheet of construction paper, a screen saver, or crayon. If thoughts enter your head, simply acknowledge the thought and send it away. Empower children by letting them set the timer.
  3. Close your eyes and visualize. With practice you will be able to use this technique without an image. You will visualize and image or color and you can now apply this technique anytime. This is an extremely helpful relaxation technique to stop the chatter and help you, your children, and your teens fall asleep.
  4. Use CDs for varied visualizations. My Indigo Dreams CD Series introduces this very technique to all ages. A Boy and a Turtle and Bubble Riding are two stories that use color for relaxation.

Our Featured Author: Lori Lite of Stress Free Kids

Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite has created a line of books and CDs designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Lori is a certified children’s meditation facilitator and Sears’ Manage My Life parenting expert. For more information visit Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter

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