When big feelings arise, having some go-to self-care strategies can help everyone feel calm, focused, and more hopeful a little more quickly. Plus, when we take good care of ourselves, we can be kinder and more patient toward others. Consider these ideas:

  • Take a walk.
  • Take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Draw a picture or create art.
  • Listen to music.
  • Talk to a trusted person.
  • Think of things you’re thankful for.
  • Drink water.

The videos and activities in this bundle offer even more ideas.

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    Mae’s Minute: Me Time

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6QF9STZLf0

    Grown-ups can watch this video to learn about the importance of “me time,” and how taking care of themselves can help them better care for others.

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    Elmo’s World News: Monster Meditation

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR7nvx5yUeY

    In this video, Elmo and his friends from all and around the world talk about meditation.

    Watch together with children, then talk about—and practice—strategies that help you feel calm and focused.

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    Creating Feelings of Safety and Calm

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    Practicing focused, calm movements can help us feel more peaceful. Use the steps in this printable to help children feel a sense grounded. It’s great for grown-ups, too!