How Meditation is Conquering Bear’s Anxiety

I usually do gardening or healthy food posts on Wednesday, but I’m making an exception today to talk about something important.

Over the past year, I’ve noticed Bear was developing a little anxiety. Before I go any further, I need to explain what this child is like. He’s rambunctious. He’s intelligent. He’s active. He’s quiet when it’s appropriate. He’s playful. He’s sympathetic. He’s courageous.

And he was developing anxiety.

As I go over activity books in addition to what he learned in preschool, I began to notice some reluctance to learn new things. He’s not dyslexic (to my knowledge) nor do I know of any other learning disabilities. Yet, certain concepts he didn’t want to attempt to understand.

And then he uttered the oft-said phrase used by almost every child: “I can’t.”

I was confused. We were on my bed, trying to go over Spanish numbers; something he has often recited for no reason. Suddenly, he couldn’t get them.

He began to cry. He was so disappointed in himself and despite me telling him it was okay that sometimes he forgot, he wasn’t listening. Then, I suggested Quiet Time.

Quiet Time in our household is another phrase for meditation. I have the Stop, Breathe, & Think app installed on my phone and I’ve raved about how much I love this app before. I opened the app and went straight to the One Minute to Focus meditation (I only do one minute for now because Bear is five and well, I’m not sure if he can meditate for longer than a minute right now).

We sat in bed and just focused on our breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Quieting thoughts. Releasing stress. Focusing on the present.

After a minute, I turned off the app and Bear was back – my happy, vibrant, and confident Bear. I asked if he wanted to try again and he was enthusiastic about it.

He got all of the numbers down – and some of the colors!

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Let me be clear – what I’m suggesting is not a substitution for seeing a medical professional or being on medication. You do what’s best for you and your child. I think quieting Bear’s brain for a short while, gave him the extra confidence boost he needed.

And we both were happy we did!

What are some anxiety-busters you employ?

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Why The Brain Train Adventure Game Is Kinda Dope

 

b0a066_5cd65ed8231d4a21b4e91b778be94bc0~mv2.gifBear loves his apps. And just maybe, I let him be on his games and apps a bit too much as I work around the house and catch up with other things. However, while my son is obsessed with all things Roblox and Minecraft, I do try to get him to do educational apps.

But let’s face it – while ABCmouse is awesome, and some kid-friendly YouTube videos are cool, sometimes Bear needs to think outside of the box. He’s a kid that needs to be challenged a little as he learns.

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Recently, I was approached by Dr. Caleb Leong, the creator of The Brain Train Adventure game app. First, let me tell you – Caleb has great energy! He’s like that kids’ soccer coach who gets the kids pumped up and by association, you get pumped up as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s actually a soccer coach in real life. But I digress.

(I really suggest, btw, to click on Caleb’s video. He has some important information I think every parent wants to hear on how they can help with his kickstarter and how it will ultimately benefit them and their community.)

So, I’m looking at the app, okay? At first, I was like, ‘Oh okay, another kids’ educational app. They’re a dime a dozen nowadays!’ But then I started looking more into the app itself and I kinda want to say it’s Montessori on an intense fitness plan that resembles a professional athlete’s body.

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Something like that.

Not only could your child choose to read on their own or have the adventure be read to them (I love this part because it reminds me of a function Bear has in his Kindle Fire) but there are little tidbits and facts so he can learn as he plays.

For example, I didn’t know mountain goats are not just regular goats.

I’m a visual type of gal and I need all the visuals I can get to understand something. Check out this YouTube video about the app:

So, why am I hyping this app up since it’s not currently available? Well, it will be and I want you to be a part of it.

Click on the kickstarter and donate however much you can. Now, here’s the kicker (oh, I made a punny!): the donating level starts super, super low. I mean, $2. That’s less than my beloved Iced Caramel Macchiatos I get at Starbucks.. And you can go as high as you want.

I know a lot of people  complain about how they would like to donate but they just don’t have the funds but come on…two dollars?? Everyone has two dollars.

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And plus, with all of the super cool perks they’re offering, it’s really a good deal! For those who want to humblebrag, you have the option of your name being included in the credits. For those who just want to support a fantastic idea, you can donate any amount.

I personally think it’s an awesome idea and I really can’t wait for the product to become available. Bear has already expressed interest in it and I hope this will be an added source to his many educational activities. 🙂

For more information on ThinkofMagic Studios, click here.