38. Run/walk around the outside of the house a few times.
39. Get a back scratch.
40. Take a warm bath.
41. Read a book about emotions.
42. Make your own fidget.
43. Rock back and forth.
44. Do a ‘brain dump’ in a journal.
45. Rip up or crumple a piece of paper.
46. Name 5 favorite things.
Focusing on gratitude will help soothe and de-activate the emotion center of the brain.
47. Chew gum or a chewy.
48. Rock yourself like a baby.
49. Cover up with a weighted blanket.
50. Color or read on your stomach.
This is referred to as ‘prone position’ and will help regulate your nervous system.
51. Go to the park.
It’s an amazing way to improve a child’s behavior and mood!
52. Watch a bubble timer or bubble stick.
53. Find a cozy space to crawl into.
54. Do 15 squats.
55. Squeeze your fists as tight as you can.
56. Count backward from 50.
57. Remind yourself it’s ok to be angry/upset/hurt etc.
58. No, seriously. Go outside!
59. Go for a bike ride.
60. Try a yoga video on Youtube.
61. Make a pillow trail and crawl over it.
62. Learn about why it’s hard to control your emotions sometimes.
63. Close your eyes and tune out the world.
64. Give yourself a tight squeeze.
65. Sit with your feelings for a few minutes and allow yourself to experience them.
66. Call a friend.
68. Eat a crunchy snack.
69. Knit/crochet or create something with your hands.
70. Repeat positive affirmations.
71. Look at a magazine.
72. Use these yoga cards for strong girls.
73. Recite the alphabet backward.
Focusing on a specific cognitive task helps de-activate your brain’s ’emotion center (amygdala) and activate the ‘thinking center’ (frontal lobes).
75. Remind yourself emotions are like waves, they come and they go.
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Important points to remember about these calm down strategies for kids
When it comes to emotional development in children there’s no ‘one size fits all’ option.
Every child will differ with what their nervous system needs to down-regulate or slow down in order to regain emotional control. Their preferences will also change with different stages of development, seasons or ages.
A large part of raising an emotionally intelligent child is helping them to understand how to take care of their brain and body when experiencing emotional intensity and this list of calm down techniques for kids will get you off to a running start!