When your child struggles with Anxiety or OCD, sometimes as a parent the stress of trying to manage their anxiety can cause even more anxiety. It can become a negative downward spiral very quickly.
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When my Daughter Ivy started manifesting signs of OCD and Anxiety in Kindergarten, our family’s life drastically changed. For a long time it was a struggle to find the right resources to help her. It made me question everything I knew when it came to parenting and being her mom. Y’all… it was hard.
Through Therapy, Art, Homeschooling, Music, Play and Yoga…. things are A LOT better. Last year I teamed up with another local Mom and Yogi Berkleigh Diaz to open Little Dreamer’s Wellness Center in our small beach town. It is a place where we encourage mindfulness through Yoga, Art, Music and other activities. Her page is a great resource for Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Activities. Being Mindful and slowing down to observe the little things helps put anxious kids in control of their emotions. It is a super powerful tool that we use on a daily basis.
What my husband and I can both attest to is the powerful impact art has had on calming Ivy’s mind and boosting her self esteem. I am in no way a qualified art therapist. What I am is an artist with an incredibly special kid who wants to help other’s like us. I know that isolating feeling when you are unable to stop your kid’s monsters from attacking her brain.
I will be sharing Art Journaling Prompts, Ideas and Inspirations for everyone, but especially with those of us with incredibly special kids who need it the most. To be honest, you may want to sit down and do these activities with your child in your own journal. We could all use some “me” time to unwind. Art Journaling is a great time to bond and discuss whatever comes up in the process. It is also a really healthy self care habit to establish with children.
Some Supplies I suggest having on hand:
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An Art Journal
(I really like this one, the square paper gives a lot of room for ideas to take shape.)
And my sensory Kid would like to add she LOVES scented Markers.
Put together a basket of materials you can just pull out when you are in need of an Art Journaling Session. It will make for an easier clean up, which means you are more likely to do it. Please remember there is no wrong way to “do art”. Art Journaling is about the process, not the result, so just let yourself go. The more fun you have with it, the more likely your child will too. Sometimes art can cause more anxiety in perfectionists. Anxiety can cause negative self thought and low self-esteem. We will work on this and I will provide tips for getting past it with each prompt.
Here is to happy journaling and healthy minds.