Quiet Space | Just Bee Mindful

by May 19, 2020Parenting

What is a Quiet Space?

What is a quiet space? It’s just what it says. A designated space for your child to spend quiet time. A place where they can enjoy the stillness. A place to pause, reset, and retreat from over stimulation. A place where they can practice playing independently. A place where they can “just bee”.

We can all benefit from a little alone time. Some time and space to retreat from others to think, read, meditate, work independently on a project, or relax in stillness. Children as well as adults can benefit greatly from this quiet time.

It is the perfect space for designated quiet time each day. As your child correlates the sense of calm and peace they feel in this space, they may choose to go there on their own at different times during the day to snuggle with a soft friend like Meddy Teddy, shake up their frustrations and watch them settle with a mindfulness jar, read a book, color, journal, blow on a pinwheel, take some deep breaths with the Hoberman Sphere, do some yoga, play quietly with their toys, or just relax. Keep in mind – time spent in this quiet space is not a punishment – it’s actually a happy place your child. It’s a place they will enjoy going to on their own.

And bonus, while your child enjoys some time in their quiet space, you can enjoy a little time for yourself as well!

 

Choose a Space

Choose a space in any area of your home where there will be the least amount of noise and away from the rest of the family. Maybe a corner in the play room, in their bedroom, or even in a cozy stairwell cubby. Anywhere that feels safe, calm and inviting.

As you begin to put your space together, consider colors of the walls, pillows, or any items you might bring into the space. Choose more calming colors like blues, greens, beiges, pinks, violets and white. Try to avoid colors that might promote more energetic or anxious feelings such as red and orange.

If finding a quiet space is a challenge in your home, consider adding noise cancelling headphones or maybe a small speaker for playing soft, calming music.

What to put in your Quiet Space

There are many choices for what to put in your quiet space. Start with something to define the space and build around it. We designed our space around the Just Bee Mindful Mat. Once you define your space, start adding items that appeal to your child’s interests. There really is no right or wrong way and everyone’s space will look different. Listed below are some categories you might consider.

Make it cozy:

  • Add some soft and cuddly items like pillows, stuffed animals and blankets.
  • Maybe even include eye masks for times when your child wants to calm their senses even more and just chill.

Include some engaging Activities:

  • Crayons and markers for drawing, journaling, coloring or scribbling.
  • Toy cars or animals to spark the imagination
  • Wooden pieces or building blocks to create their own designs.

Sensory Activities:

  • Squishy balls or stress balls can help a child keep calm and stay focused.
  • Fidget toys
  • Mala Beads
  • Essential oils for calming and relaxing the nervous system

Sound:

  •  A rain stick – whether you purchase one or make one on your own, vibrational sounds similar to rain can be both mesmerizing and calming.
  • Singing bowl – Listen to the sound from beginning to end. Maybe even lie flat and place it on your tummy to enjoy both the sound and the feeling of the vibrations through your body.

Yoga:

  • Yoga cards can be a great resource for your child to guide themselves through yoga poses.

Calming Activities:

  • Mindful Jars – sometimes called glitter jars or calm down jars. These are a fun to make at home.  Children love to shake them up and watch the glitter settle.  Just like the glitter, our mind settles after we pause, helping us to see more clearly.  Click here to learn how to make your own.
  • Breathing tools – pinwheels, a Hoberman Sphere, and feathers are all great tools to promote deep, calm breathing. Read more of our tips for helping your child to “just breathe” here.

Books:

Coloring & Journaling:

  • Include some crayons, markers and coloring pages. Coloring can be calming for any age as it relaxes the brain. It’s also great for working on fine motor skills and creativity. Mostly, it’s just fun!
  • Include a blank notebook or guided journal. Journaling improves focus, mental clarity and problem solving. Whether your child is writing down their feelings or drawing them out, journaling is a great way for big or little kids to help get their feelings onto paper. One of our favorite resources for guided journals is Big Life Journal

 

 

Just Bee Mindful Mat/Just Bee Yoga + Well-being
Just Bee Mindful Mat/Just Bee Yoga + Well-being
Just Bee Mindful Mat/Just Bee Yoga + Well-being

A place to chill.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can fill your space with anything you like and that your child will love. Use your imagination.

While it might be a nice place to retreat for a few minutes during a meltdown, remember this is not a place for time-out or punishment. This is a safe, cozy space for your child to enjoy taking a little time for themselves.

Do you have a “quiet space” set up in your home? We’d love to hear about it – please comment below!

Just Bee Mindful Mat/Just Bee Yoga + Well-being

We’re Kay & Cathy of Just Bee Yoga + Well-being.

With a combination of 28 (YES 28) grandchildren, we’re so excited to share yoga and mindfulness with children. 

We are both RYT® 200 and RCYT 95 registered yoga teachers. Realizing the incredible benefits of yoga and mindfulness for all ages, we have continued to follow up with specialized training for children, teens and families at Well Bean Kids Yoga,  Rainbow Yoga & Cosmic Kids.

We are passionate about providing children and families with tools for living healthy, happy lives.

For more of our ideas on ways to bring yoga and mindfulness into your home, check out our Virtual Studio.