HOW TO USE THE GLITTER JAR- MINDFULNESS ACTIVITIES FOR CALMING
The swirling glitter is very calming as it falls to the bottom of the bottle, for both kids and adults. If you’re feeling agitated, try it for yourself. Shaking the bottle feels just as good as watching the last few
specks of glitter fall to the bottom of the bottle. Try keeping it on your desk at work for times of stress.
FOR MINDFUL COMMUNICATION
An article in Mindful magazine mentions the whole family can use a glitter jar for mindful communication in the heat of the moment. “We are all upset with lots of thoughts and feelings right now. So let’s all take a break until the glitter in the calm-down jar has settled and then start talking again.”
FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE BRAIN
You can use a glitter jar as a tool to explain how the brain works (use in conjunction with the hand model of the brain). “When your emotions are rising up, the brain (the bottle) floods with cortisol (the
glitter) and you flip your lid (shake the bottle), losing access to the prefrontal cortex, its flexibility and reasoning capabilities. As you breathe, the cortisol dissipates (the glitter settles to the bottom of the bottle) and you feel calmer and the prefrontal cortex comes back online, making it easier to feel calm and make better decisions.”
Sophie Antognelli (M Psych (Clinical), B Psych (Hons – First Class) is passionate about working alongside individuals and families to live more full lives, overcoming difficulties they may face. Sophie’s interests are in child and adolescent mental health are emotion regulation issues and anxiety. Sophie is interested in working with her adult clients to regain quality of life through early psychosis intervention, the management of symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as the broader clinical issues of perfectionism, adjustment to life stressors and low self-esteem. She developed these interests across her work in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Alongside her clinical work, Sophie is also involved in a number of research projects exploring new approaches to anxiety disorders – with specific interests in investigating potential new avenues for addressing unhelpful thought patterns in health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding disorder.