The calming jar is an essential technique for all parents as his main goal is to help children manage their whims, channeling emotions such as stress, anxiety and anger, so that they can find peace.
It is a technique inspired by the pedagogy of Maria Montessori, and is based in the idea that all emotions are important, even those considered negative. It also indicates that it is essential to transform all these emotions into words, so that children can become aware. Only then they will learn to manage them.
But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this technique is that although it is designed for children, it can also be useful to parents or to anyone else, because it is useful for dealing with feelings such as sadness, anger, resentment and anger.
When the child is angry or stressed, his heart rate and breathing speed up, sending to the brain the signal that he’s in danger. As a result, it will be more difficult for the child to control his thoughts and reactions while an emotional block is produced. In these cases, words are not very effective.
But the calming jar works the same way of yoga, meditation or relaxation, is a stress management technique that helps liberating the mind. It allows the child or the person forget those negative emotions they were feeling, leaving in its place a sense of peace, calm and serenity.
This technique helps children to concentrate their nervous system on a specific stimulus.
By focusing on the movement which is generated inside the jar, it is generated unknowingly a mental order that contributes reducing the alarm level and, therefore, the psychomotor agitation.