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A Holistic Wellness Routine for the Whole Family

The secret is out—having a true comprehensive and holistic wellness routine means including emotional and energy balancing work along with a balanced diet and exercise program. As parents, we all want to support our kids and teach them the best skills we can to help them grow into healthy, happy, and confident adults. However, the tricky part for most of us is knowing how to bring all these pieces together. If you Google mindfulness or energy work for kids, you’d better be prepared for information overload—and, quite frankly, several conflicting points of view and opinions! Personally, I felt tons of stress and pressure trying to figure out which was the “best” method to support my kids holistically. Even though I’m a Reiki master and teacher, a certified mindfulness coach, and an Eden Energy Medicine practitioner, I still felt unsure how to help my children learn and embrace the concepts of body, mind, and spirit. Here are a few tried and true resources I’ve found to be really helpful, not only with my kids but with our clients at Unbridled Change in our Equine Partnered Psychotherapy and Learning sessions. First, mindfulness and meditation. Today’s mindfulness classes are not typically geared toward creating little monks; they instead focus on stress reduction, developing executive functioning skills, and creating positive brain changes through a meditation practice. A new study from the Max Planck Institute found that meditation training is linked to positive changes in three different brain regions. Practicing meditation, even for

by Michelle Holling-Brooks

just a few months, literally increases your brain’s ability to focus your attention, access compassion and empathy, and become more aligned a non-judgmental mindset that understands the perspectives of others. This study is exciting, because it suggests we can nurture social and emotional intelligence in our children, rather than relying solely on nature. The second piece of the puzzle is the body, taking the mindfulness skills into movement. Did you know that your body is full of energetic pathways and systems that store information, thoughts, and

Negative emotions and stressors, like worry, anxiety, fear, and generally feeling overwhelmed can build up in the body and create physical symptoms of disease. feelings? There are tons of body-based movement practices out there that kids love which are designed to help move and release “trapped energy.” They range from yoga to various types of martial arts. One resource that combines mindfulness and movement is kirawilley. com. My youngest loves Kira’s fun music and guided mindfulness practices. Another great resource with activities that support both the physical body and the body’s energy systems is Eden Energy Medicine

(edenenergymedicine.com). Lastly is the spirit. Emotions, self-esteem, and feeling connected to our “Wise One Within,” as I call it with my kids, all fall under spirit. Negative emotions and stressors, like worry, anxiety, fear, and generally feeling overwhelmed can build up in the body and create physical symptoms of disease. Clearing and releasing these from our body’s energy systems can help us feel connected to our higher selves. One of the best ways to help the body balance and clear those negative frequencies is through tapping, or the emotional freedom technique (EFT). If you’re new to tapping, check out thetappingsolution.com. The site has tons of amazing free resources, videos, and tapping scripts for the whole family, including a section just for kids and teens. I have taught both of my girls how to tap, and nothing warms my heart more than watching one of them start tapping on their own to help them overcome a difficult emotion or stressor. To give you an ideal jumping-off point, my staff and I at Unbridled Change have put together the “greatest hits” of our go-to activities for our kids and clients. We use the different practices and activities included in this free mini-series to teach regulation, how to overcome stress, and mindfulness and movement. For instant access to the free mini-series, simply sign up at unbridledchange.org. Sending you light and love on your journey to developing a holistic wellness routine for your family!

Do you have room in your heart and your home? BECOME A FOSTER PARENT STARS is a collaboration between Roanoke City and Roanoke County/Salem Departments of Social Services and Youth Advocate Programs. We provide ongoing support and training for foster families providing care to children with higher medical, emotional and behavioral needs, including:

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Growing Up

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Profile for Roanoke Valley Family Magazine

Growing Up In the Valley April 2019  

Volume 7, Issue 8

Growing Up In the Valley April 2019  

Volume 7, Issue 8

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