In episode 339 of the Geekiest Show Ever, Elisa shares what got her interested in technology and what makes her a nerd. We are checking in on distance learning with Melissa who has some stress-reducing tips for dealing with the new norm of using technology for longer periods.
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If you or your kiddos are struggling to sit for long periods in front of the computer, try having a small selection of quiet fidgeting tools at hand such as: elastic bands, velcro, sequin bands or a non-plugged game controller that has buttons. Sometimes balloons can also be good for practicing deep breathing or just for stretching. Remember that it is ok to get up and take stretch breaks.
Try this Mindfulness Grounding exercise called “5-4-3-2-1”
- Take a deep breath and name five things you can see.
- Take a deep breath and name four things you can touch. This is where fidgets like bands, sequins, velcro, etc. can come in handy.
- Take a deep breath and name three things you can hear.
- Take a deep breath and name two things you can smell. It helps to keep something nearby that has a pleasant scent like a candle or even itch and sniff stickers. You can also put a few drops of essential oil on cotton balls and seal them in a Ziploc snack bag to store at your desk.
- Breathe one last deep breath and name one things you can taste. Again, a handy snack bag that has some breathing coins, Lifesavers, Tic Tacs or other tasty treats can help in this process.
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