Today was the first day of school for many kids here in Canada ~ and with the first day of school often comes TEARS from either the children, the parents or both. Deb from over at Take Heart Canada had an awesome idea that I just LOVE to share with others this time of year ... Comfort Hearts make a great transition object for children and adults alike during times where separation anxiety might be running high. You and your child each hold a heart and fill it full of all the love and positive energy you can spare and than you exchange hearts and go on your way for the day ~ during those stressful times of the day you hold your heart and draw on its energy to help each other find comfort while apart!
Imagery is a powerful helper for the brain in helping with self regulation and comfort hearts are an amazing visual ritual for children and adults too! If you'd like to learn more about Take Heart Canada check out Deb's website or give her page a like on Facebook!
If you'd like to take your ritual a step further than just the 'visual' you can add a 'sensory' aspect to it by adding an Essential oil that will help with calming the nerves. A few drops of oil onto the comfort heart can provide hours of aromatherapy for the soul. Here are a couple of my favourites for diffusing when we have a new friend in the program who is feeling a little anxious about their change in routine.