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Anxiety management in stressful times - and how to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank...

Anxiety management in stressful times - and how to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank...
Its no coincidence that I am writing about anxiety in December, just a couple of weeks before our biggest holiday of the year. It is weirdly also the time we can feel most stressed, even when we are looking forward to time out with family and friends. Not everyone enjoys the lead up to the break, with parents in particular feeling the strain. There may be planning, shopping, organising, cleaning and present-wrapping to be done. So much to do, so little time. There is also added financial stress, with extra food and presents to buy, and expectations of having a perfect holiday can add to the strain...

'I-phone orphans': Please may I have your attention?

'I-phone orphans': Please may I have your attention?
  As concerned adults, whether as parents, grandparents, therapists or teachers, we often worry about how much time children and young people spend...

Hard science about soft pastels! And slowing down...

In this recent post by American art therapist Cathy Malchiodi, we learn that there is some evidence to suggest that certain art materials can produce specific beneficial effects - something art therapists have believed for a long time, but we have not been able to scientifically 'prove' it until now.

What is 'Emotion Coaching'?

 

In which we suggest a way of talking to children about their big, overwhelming emotions, like rage or sadness, when they are hard to console or reason with.

Felt emojis

Most of us are all familiar with using emojis when sending messages by text. Its a great idea which I like to adapt when working with children...

Drawing Zentangles®

Zentangle® example

 

What is a Zentangle®? Combining the word Zen+Tangle, Zentangles are a form of structured doodling with a purpose - relaxation.

How does art therapy work?

How does art therapy work?
There are lots of ideas and theories about how art therapy (and other expressive therapies, such as music or drama therapy) work, and it is likely ...