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Mental Health Support at MGJS

Relax Kids

This September, all pupils benefited from Relax kids training sessions with Jo Robinson from the Relax Kids franchise.  

 

Relax Kids uses research-based mindful and relaxation techniques alongside values and positive psychology (positivity, strength-building, gratitude, resilience and compassion) to help support children's emotional health and well being- http://www.relaxkids.com/.

 

 

Relax Kids Monsters- 'Name and Tame' your emotions!

 

The Anxiety Monster ……

Don’t Ignore me…..I will just grow bigger!

 

Instead ‘Name and Tame Me’

  • Say hello to me……
  • Think about how your body is reacting….

Breath Deeply

  • What is the ‘Worry Monster’ Trying to tell you?
  • Once you are ready, say thank you and good bye.

 

The Frustrated Monster ……

Don’t Ignore me…..I will just grow bigger!

 

Instead ‘Name and Tame Me’

  • Say hello to me……
  • Think about how your body is reacting….

Count to five slowly as you breath in and out.

  • What is the ‘Worry Monster’ Trying to tell you?
  • Once you are ready, say thank you and good bye. 

 

The Lonely Monster ……

Don’t Ignore me…..I will just grow bigger!

 

Instead ‘Name and Tame Me’

  • Say hello to me……
  • Think about how your body is reacting….

Run on the spot or dance and move to make yourself feel better.

  • What is the ‘Worry Monster’ Trying to tell you?
  • Once you are ready, say thank you and good bye. 

 

The Panic Monster ……

Don’t Ignore me…..I will just grow bigger!

 

Instead ‘Name and Tame Me’

  • Say hello to me……
  • Think about how your body is reacting….

Notice five things you can see

Four things you can touch

Three things you can hear

Two things you can smell

One thing you can taste

  • What is the ‘Sad Monster’ Trying to tell you?
  • Once you are ready, say thank you and good bye. 

 

The Sad Monster ……

Don’t Ignore me…..I will just grow bigger!

 

Instead ‘Name and Tame Me’

  • Say hello to me……
  • Think about how your body is reacting….

Remember all the things you are thankful for.

  • What is the ‘Sad Monster’ Trying to tell you?
  • Once you are ready, say thank you and good bye. 

 

The Worry Monster ……

Don’t Ignore me…..I will just grow bigger!

 

Instead ‘Name and Tame Me’

  • Say hello to me……
  • Think about how your body is reacting….

Try to think about a positive story.  What good things could happen to you?  What would you like to happen?

  • What is the ‘Worry Monster’ Trying to tell you?
  • Once you are ready, say thank you and good bye. 

Relax Kids Techniques for Managing Our Emotions

 

 

Meerkat Breathing….

Take a deep breath in through your nose, as you do pretend you can smell your favourite food.

 

 

 

 

Think positive….

Say something good about yourself!

  • I am calm
  • I am safe
  • I am brave
  • I am loved

 

 

 

 

Arms Crossed Breathing….

· Feet grounded to the floor, are they ‘stuck in the mud’.

· Cross your arms, hands on shoulders.

· Tap one shoulder, tap the other

· Give yourself a hug and release.

Don’t forget to breath and repeat your positive affirmations ‘I am safe, I am strong, I am happy’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands Together Breathing…..

  • Place your hands together
  • Tap thumbs together x4
  • Tap index fingers together x4
  • Tap middle fingers together x4
  • Tap ring fingers together x4
  • Tap little fingers together x4

Remember to concentrate on fingers and breathe!

 

 

 

 

Star Breathing…..

  • Use your hands or a star
  • Breath in as you trace up each finger and breath out as you trace down each finger.
  • Up for a challenge?  Hold and tap for three at the top of each finger.

 

 

 

Squeeze an orange….

  • Squeeze both hands together to release any tension.
  • Try squeezing your face then relaxing to release trapped feelings.

 

 

 

Tummy Mood Button

Imagine a button in your tummy that can change colour according to your mood.

What colour is your mood button today?

  • Red = Angry
  • Yellow = Happy
  • Green = Jealous
  • Blue = Sad
  • Black = Afraid
  • Grey = Moody
  • White = Anxious
  • Upset = all different colours

 

 

 

 

Growth Mindset at Marston Green Junior School

 

We believe:

 

  • Believe that talents can be developed and great abilities can be built over time

 

We want our pupils to:

  • View mistakes as a learning experience
  • Be resilient learners
  • Believe that effort creates success
  • Think about how they learn
  • Believe- ‘If I practice I’ll get better’, ‘I can’t do it YET’
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