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Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!!

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Your Breath Is Your Superpower!!

It really IS!!!

Your breath can alter mood, help you sleep better, lower heart rate and blood pressure as well as open up the lungs and push all those totally delicious happy hormones and coping chemicals up from the gut!

And it is free!! As well as being a handy tool to keep in your self-regulation / anxiety boxes. When our diaphragms are open, we breathe much deeper, this preventing panic or anxiety attacks. It also means we are much less likely to reverse breathe which is what people who are under long term trauma or stress can do. By adjusting the breath, we can boost mood, productivity, drive and focus as well as empowering ourselves as we push that utterly gorgeous and all-important serotonin and dopamine up from the gut. Blood and oxygen also zoom up to the brain, bringing clarity and concentration.

We can also use our breath to lower our energy, ground ourselves, prepare for sleep and to calm down our busy bodies and brains! You can have great fun with younger kids or with those who find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time by putting the different breaths into stories, games, treasure hunts or lucky dips.

Have a wonderful week everyone, take care of each other, Love Giuliana xx

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

 

Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Your Breath Is Your Superpower
Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater

999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Discreet, easy gentle massage and acupressure to use anytime!

We are going through so much at the moment as a global community coming through the pandemic and more recently our young people have been really sorely tested. Not only have a large percentage of them had to sit exams when they have missed out on so much of their learning, but they are also continually transitioning through endlessly changing and often confusing rules and regulations around coming out of lockdown.

This has had the highest impact on those who are autistic, have ADHD or who are neurodiverse. Waiting lists to even GET a diagnosis now delayed by 3-5 years due to Covid (I know maths is not my strong point, but I thought Covid had lasted 16 months so far …?). Many parents have just given up and are not even attempting to fight go diagnoses and EHCP’s which is saddening and shocking.

So, what can we do to help them (and ourselves) in the meantime? Well in this week’s YouTube video I share very discreet, easy peasy, gentle self-massage and acupressure for those times when we feel ourselves building up, getting frustrated or angry, not being able to concentrate or function clearly or feel like we cannot cope. They can all be self-administered so there are no touch issues to worry about.

These tips can be shared on a friends and family basis family but also in therapy or zoom sessions (if you are qualified) where you can invite the kids to mirror you. It is way more self-empowering anyway and encourages the kids to develop awareness of when things are becoming too much, have the tools to use when that overwhelm starts to build and to be able to self-manage and self-regulate.

It is all super discreet and can be used anytime and anyplace. These 999 techniques will bring immediate calm, grounding, clarity of thought and focus. So have a good week everyone and try not to worry too much if you can as we try to emerge from lockdown and this very strange academic year comes to a close. Just be fantastic you, with lots of tools at your disposal to take charge of your own mental health!

Take good care, Lots of love everyone, Giuliana

Author, multi award winning therapist, Children’s University.

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
999 Instant Relief for Autism and ADHD by Giuliana Wheater
Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga Games for Superheroes – including those on the autism and ADHD spectrum, by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga Games for Superheroes
Including those on the autism and ADHD spectrum

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Since my video last week, I have received so many emails and private messages requesting more yoga fun and games, particularly where it is difficult to engage a child in something new or a group activity. So along with my existing crazy but scientific ideas (yes, AMAZING stuff IS going on inside our brains and bodies while we play, laugh, and enjoy yoga !! I have invented some new ones!! I am on a roll!!!

Yoga as I have already shared boosts immunity, better sleep, it stimulates the major happy and coping neurotransmitters from the gut and opens up diaphragm to better, deeper breathing which massively helps to keep us out of flight or fight. By playing these yoga games, making yoga stories, and sharing yoga activities, the brain and body are not only stimulated but emotional and social intelligence are too!!!!

I absolutely love, love, love how we are so deliciously and exquisitely put together!!

Team building and bonding are stimulated, self-awareness and interpersonal awareness as well as spatial awareness are developed, as well as complete focus, attention, and concentration. So, I might look like a crazy lady having fun but believe me I am no Silly Billy and the proven neuroscientific research behind all fun and laughter is very thoroughly thought out.

Because I DO believe that every child is a superhero … some just need time and exploration to find out just how. With laughter instantly increasing the serotonin in our bodies by an immediate 16%, and laughter also being proven as a great way to engage, learn and retain information, what could go wrong?!!

Let us celebrate and have fun with our inner superheroes!!! Have a light-hearted and happy week everyone … the mocks are all over and I can feel a few yoga headstands of celebration coming on!!!!

Take great care, Giuliana
Author, multi award winning therapist, advocate, public speaker, and Wellbeing Charity Ambassador for AnnaKennedyOnline
https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Yoga Games for Superheroes
Yoga Games for Superheroes
Yoga Games for Superheroes
Yoga Games for Superheroes
Yoga Games for Superheroes
Yoga Games for Superheroes
Yoga Games for Superheroes
Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga for trauma and anxiety

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Following lots of requests for some more yoga fun as well as well as continuing emails about mental health, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. So, I thought that this week I would combine the two together to help us add more tools to our toolboxes to take our mental health in hand.

Sometimes we do not want to it cannot talk about our trauma or crippling anxieties and it can really deeply affect our lives and our wellbeing.

Using our bodies to get that fabulous serotonin and gorgeous dopamine surging to our brains; to expand and deepen our breathing, is not only doing our bodies good but also helping us to express, release and regulate those darker feelings.

In this week’s video I show some directly trauma related poses and how to weave them into genes and stories to engage the younger person or someone who finds it hard to sit still. I hope you have as much fun with this as I did!!

See you next week,

Sending you all happy thoughts,

Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING! It is happy hormones party time! , by Giuliana Wheater

Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING! It is happy hormones party time!

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

For quite some time now I have been literally inundated day and night with messages and emails from people who are so stressed and so anxious that it is making them ill, making many young people self-harm and even causing suicidal thoughts.

Some schools choosing to make their students undertake mock exams when they have missed so much of their education at a time when things are still so uncertain and challenging, and we are constantly transitioning, is causing a huge percentage of our young people to be continually somewhere on that horrible scale of flight or fight, worrying about their results and feeling under enormous pressure about their futures.

Please PLEASE remember that YOU are in charge of your mental health and what happens inside your brains. That is a neuroscientific FACT!

So do not feel helpless or isolated with any dark thoughts. There ARE techniques you can use to lower your heart rate and blood pressure , which soar when we are stressed , techniques to help you breathe more deeply to prevent going into a panic attack, as well as techniques to get that all important neurotransmitter Dopamine SURGING up the vague nerve from the gut and straight into your brains , making you feel on top of the world , able to cope and function , concentrate , focus , pay attention and feel motivated .

Do not forget too that 90% of our Serotonin, the neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence and self-esteem is produced in the gut. So, working on the neck is s fabulous way to get some of that fabulousness up to the brain!!

In this week’s YouTube video, I demonstrate some gentle and discreet massage techniques which you can self-administer anywhere and at any time to keep you on top of your mental health.

So, try hard to look on the bright side and remember that even though you cannot change some external situations, people, or events, YOU are in control of how you process that, how you get through, your reactions to those things and above all your outlook. This will really and truly help you to build resilience which is the key enemy of stress.

So, take charge, look after yourselves and look after each other.

Love,

Giuliana

Wellbeing Ambassador Anna Kennedy Online

Author, advocate & multi award winning therapist.

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Giuliana
Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING ! It’s happy hormones party time !
Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING ! It’s happy hormones party time !
Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING ! It’s happy hormones party time !
Your Breath Is Your Superpower!! by Giuliana Wheater

Taking Your Anxiety in Hand, by Giuliana Wheater

Taking Your Anxiety in Hand 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Firstly, my apologies for being away last week. The young lad who I talked about who was being severely bullied and was in hospital on a drip, sadly pulled his drip out for the last time, slipped into a coma, and passed away.

I have received the worrying news that my two older boys who live in Cornwall have contracted Covid and are extremely unwell.

So, today’s article and video are coming from an even more passionate place than usual!

Whether you are being bullied, undergoing mental health challenges or illness, or are having to do exams after missing most of your hands on education, this week I talk about and demonstrate in my YouTube video how to literally take your anxiety in hand.

Did you know that 80% of what we worry about never happens?

12% of what we worry about we cannot do anything about?

So, what can we do about the remaining 8%?

TAKE IT INTO OUR OWN HANDS!

Drawing around your hand is immediately mindful and extremely grounding, feeling the edges of yourself and almost coming back into your body. When we are anxious or scared, we are up in our heads and sometimes even feel out of our bodies, so this really does help!

Do not forget too that while you trade around your fingers, you are gently stimulating each digit to create enormous neurological benefits.

The thumb is all about tress & tension.

The first finger is about fear.

The middle finger is about frustration & anger.

The fourth or ring finger is about relationships, friendships & grief.

The little finger is to do with the heart, how we feel about our worth & our self-esteem.

Inside the hand write what is INSIDE your control – this vital 8% where you get a say! So, things like your outlook, your reactions, your thoughts, your own behaviour, a safe adult you can speak to, etc.

Outside of your hand write all the things out of your control, things like bullies, exams, your mum working long hours or your dad shouting all the time.

It really helps!! I promise!

For younger children you can make it even more visual by cutting out wiggly worry worms from coloured paper and either burying them or putting them away in a worry worms’ box with the lid screwed tightly on. It is powerful stuff and mindful too!

Do not let anyone define you.

Do not let worries, dear and anxiety dominate your life.

Take charge and after a little time you will begin to notice not only the difference in your outlook, but you will be building new, positive neurological pathways and shrinking the grey matter around your fear centre or emotional brain.

It is fun but it is science!

See you next week.

Take care of each other.

Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
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