One of the many stressful events that can impact your day as a school principal is working with students who have been sent to your office. They are usually angry and/or upset and full of anxiety when they come to you. These 3 subliminal methods will help calm them down, so you can have a productive conversation.
The first method begins before there are even any kids in the building. It starts in the summer when it’s just you and the district’s work crew. Ask them to paint your office in soft grays, beiges, or blues. According to The Huffington Posts, The Best Paint Colors To De-stress A Room, “these colors can help slow the heartbeat, lower blood pressure and create a relaxing atmosphere.” Once school starts any student sent to you will start to calm down without even realizing it.
The second strategy is to have calming music playing just loud enough to register. The Website: Sound ADD ADHD Treatment recommends music with a slow beat, “slower than the heart's natural beat.” It goes on to mention two types of music, nature and or classical. Playing this music just below the conscious level will help sooth you students.
Having a lightly scented office is the final piece of the three pronged approach to relaxing students sent to your office. Most of us have heard of the soothing properties of lavender. However, as a male you might not want that scent in your office. If that’s the case try sandalwood. According to Mental Health Daily, Aromatherapy: 9 Best Essential Oils For Anxiety And Stress sandalwood has a sweet, woodsy, outdoor type scent [which] can be very beneficial [in] reducing anxiety. Employing either one of these two scents will help create that stress free environment you’re looking for when working with students.
When students are sent to the office they are often anxious. This is generally the case regardless of what happened prior to them being there. These three subliminal strategies will help induce a calm state, so when dealing with the child you can have the best possible outcome. A final suggestion: if the child is sent for a disciplinary reason leaving for 3-5 minutes and allowing the child space in that calming environment before the discussion may increase the desired effect.
What techniques do you use to help calm a child down? Share your tips in the comment section below.
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