I discussed Heartmath in a previous post, focusing more generally on their emwave biofeedback device, and their approach to anxiety and stress (coherence training). I like what they do, because it is simple, and it presents a mix of technology, research, and simple compassion exercise. Their research, based on the natural intuition of Heart-Mind connection, offers tools to regulate your emotions.
When I realised that my young daughter, 6 years old, was starting to show some signs of anxiety at school, I looked into how Heartmath could help. This is such a young age, one where you develop more consciousness, where you start comparing yourself to others, and where as a parent, it can be hard to engage into some of those conversations. Heartmath is very suitable for kids . As a matter of fact, they work with a lot of school already. They have a variety of softwares, Books and more, some very suitable for young age.
And so I came across the Wild Ride Board Game. Straight away I liked it because it is a great age for Board Games. I love it, my kids love it, and as a family, we all got to start talking about emotions. I can’t tell you, something so simple can have such a positive effect. Personally, I grew up not acknowledging my own emotions, so I believe this game session bring as much to me as they do for both my kids.
The Pandemic has made it tough on all parents, and on their kids, especially the young ones who absorb everything. When they start opening up, this is when we realise the real impact that has on them. They might not say much, but they listen to everything that is said, they feel your energy, especially your anxiety.
Throughout the game, you explore emotions visiting various places (Cranky Pans Court is my favourite), and you get to talk about your own experience of these emotions. When you get a face, you usually get a challenge to get to move extra spaces (all about sharing, the extra spaces are a motivator), or loose spaces (love the one “you didn’t tidy your room today, move back 3 spaces”). It is very well done, similar to loads of board games.
After 3-4 times playing it, they are getting more into the game, they have their favourite places, they are slowly more willing to share examples, understand more about the various emotions, when they feel them, how they show them, and it can also open up really interesting discussions; Discussions which would be hard to get too around a table, at least for me. An it’s cheap.
I love board games!