Scented Slime for Your Calming Boxes
Since this slime is extremely resistant and thick it provides a great deal of deep pressure and joint compression. As you squeeze, fold, roll, and even pull the slime, you are sending signals to your brain that are calming and organizing! Much like chores, brain breaks and simple daily tasks; playing with slime is actually calming and can increase focus. While you twist, turn and roll the slime in your hands, your mind is almost immediately taken off guard. By providing a sensory stimulus, your brain is now thinking that you are not in danger and there is no reason to be stressed and alarmed.
By adding in pure essential oils, you are enhancing the calming effect of the slime itself! There are many essential oils that will help you be calm and focus. By adding these, you are getting the benefits of the olfactory system as well as the tactile input.
What do you think a “Calming Box” is and what is it’s purpose/function?
This month, during our modules, the students are creating their own Calming Boxes. Creating “Calming Boxes” provides us with opportunity to create a tangible resource of objects that serve to distract and self-soothe us in times of distress. It is one thing to think about something, but another to provide a tangible object that is especially helpful in times of emotional upset. These objects are used to give immediate comfort and can serve as a distraction.
Today we will be focusing on the sense of touch. We will be making Rice Socks. Rice socks are used to treat both muscle pains and stress. When heated, they are a more effective tool for calming and relaxation.
Directions for making a Rice Sock
Fill sock with 1.5-2 cups of rice
Tie the end of the sock or secure with a rubber band
Place in microwave for 2-3 minutes (optional)
Throughout this month’s modules, we will focus on items or objects to add to your “Calming Boxes”. Each will have to do with one of the 5 senses. Some senses may be repeated.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
The Bridge Program: Burlington High School