I love the section of this book that describes the ‘move it or lose it’ principle. If a child is angry, frustrated, unhappy, or just ‘out of there mind’, have them jump up and down. The vigorous motion releases angry energy and tension that is otherwise captured in its origin; our body. As the energy is released it resets the part of the brain responsible for higher brain functionality. Allowing lower brain functions such as anger and fear to regulated by our less reptilian higher brain.
This same physiological and neurological process happens in the adult brain. Richard Branson once said that one of the best ways to be successful in life is to exercise more. I imagine running one of the most successful business empires in the world can at times be stressful.
As I begin to work with young children in school l hope to apply this procedure. If a child gets angry or frustrated, I will get them to jump up and down. Then at the end of my day, I will do the same.