Meeting Example Walk-through!
Goes with google slide presentation
Meeting begins with promise and law, then slide 1. Today’s meeting is about something that I think we can all use right now… how to stress less, and use different calming techniques to feel better! (Add picture of badge to this slide when I have it!)
Slide 2 - STRESS is a MESS! Look at these two balls of yarn. They are the same color, but one of them is all tangled up. This yarn is STRESSED OUT, and being stressed stinks! This ball of yarn looks much more calm. It feels much more calm too. This yarn must have some tricks it is using to be less messy. Today we are going to work on how we can be more like this yarn, and less like this yarn.
Today we’re not just going to talk about stress, but also it’s very important opposite – relaxation…or peace.. or calmness. When we think about stress, we tend to view it as an adults-only condition, but it’s not! Stress and anxiety are pretty common right now, for kids and adults alike! Our lives are so different than they were just a few months ago, everyone is doing their best to adjust… but it can be tough! Does anyone have anything to say about that? Have you felt stressed out since school ended and you’ve been at home? Right now you’re probably juggling a lot of things, like schoolwork, virtual extracurricular activities, family, trying to stay in touch with friends, and household chores. It can be really tough! How many times have you felt disappointed, sad, frustrated, or just plain old not pleased?
Let’s find some ways we can calm down our minds, calm down our bodies, and remind ourselves how to relax and find peace inside!
1. People deal with stress in different ways. Let’s write some down together. What can you do to help pull yourself out of a grouchy moment?
Read a book
Listen to music
Dance – move that stress away!
Make a list of what you need to do
Find some smells that make you feel relaxed
Pop bubble wrap
Write in a journal
Hug someone or something
Find a fidget toy
Do something with your hands – cook, garden, paint, knit/crochet
Do breathing exercises and meditate
Being in nature
Getting fresh air and sunshine
These are all great ideas!
2. I asked you to do something at home this week – to find a box or a bag, decorate it, and fill it with things that make you happy. This is your BLISS BOX! Some people call it a stress kit, but bliss box makes it sound so much more delightful! I asked you to fill it with around 6 things that help you relax/laugh/dream. Things that put you at ease and put a smile on your face. Maybe you have a book, cartoon, photo, card or letter, peaceful magazine cutouts, a toy or stuffed animal, something to draw with. I made one too – would you like to see what’s in mine?
Calm jar (glitter glue, jar with lid, water, beads.
Yarn and hook
Picture of my troop
Picture of my family
Picture of the sun
Pink stress ball
Beads on a string
Now I’d like to see yours! Who would like to share their bliss box? (have girls go around and show theirs)
This isn’t something you need to be done with now! You can keep working on yours after the meeting, maybe you’ve been inspired by seeing others’ boxes! When you feel done with it, keep it in a place where you might go when you need to calm down and find some peace. A special chair, next to your bed, by a sunny window. When you are feeling stressed, you can open your bliss box and find things that will help you!
I’m so glad we can share these with each other. Having a friend or a group of friends is one of the best feelings in the whole world. A friend that loves you and accepts you for who you are is priceless. Laughing together over your silly jokes, playing games together, sharing your hopes, dreams, and secrets with them makes life feel sweeter.
segway Something I like to say is, “Just because you stepped in a mud puddle doesn’t mean you need to stand there all day! Take a deep breath and step out of the puddle!” Picture that in your mind. Do you have an image of yourself doing that? Sometimes all you need is a reset!
What are some other ways we can help our bodies or minds relax? We’re going to explore that a little bit.
3. Let’s start with mindfulness. Has anyone heard of that before? It can be really helpful when you need to give your brain a break, when you just need to chill out and enjoy the moment. It can even help you relax and fall asleep at night. You will fell calm, happy, strong, and wise. You will be a zen ninja!
We have this really great book, “Breathe like a Bear.” It is full of different mindfulness and relaxation ideas for kids. We do this every night. I really love it, some days it is just what I need at the end of the day. Find a comfy place to sit while we try 2 of our favorites together.
Your Favorite Color
What is your favorite color?
Is it blue, purple, orange, or red? Or another color?
Imagine a little ball of your favorite color inside your body.
Maybe it’s where your heart is, or maybe it’s in your belly.
Take a breath in and imagine the ball is getting bigger and bigger. It takes over your whole body!
Imagine that everything all around you is your favorite color, and it feels really warm and good.
Take a long, slow breath in, and let it all the way out.
Let’s do snake breath!
Make your mouth into the shape of a little “o.”
Take a long breath in, like you’re breathing through a straw.
As you let it out, hiss like a snake.
Take another long breath in, like you’re breathing through a straw.
As you let it out, hiss like a snake. Make the “ssss” sound last as long as you can!
Try it one more time! Take a loooong breath in, and hissssssssss on the way out.
Sit up tall, take another long breath in, and just let it all the way out.