By Lori Lite

Celebrating Chanukah or Hanukkah with kids? This beautiful holiday celebrating The Festival of Lights provides ample opportunity to reduce stress and create mindful Hanukkah moments.

Hanukkah with KidsHow to create mindful Hanukkah moments and reduce stress:

Lighting the Menorah

  1. Ask the kids to try to be still like a candle. ( Oh, the miracles!)
  2. Focus your eyes on the flame. Keep looking at it until the flame is the only thing you see. The background will fade. Squint your eye to see how it changes the way the flame looks.
  3. See who can hold their gaze the longest.
  4. Visualize the warmth from the flame filling your body. Start by imagining a warm glow filling your feet and traveling up your legs. Continue visualizing the feeling of heat through your entire body.

The Miracle

  1. Tell the story of Hanukkah. Being absorbed in a story stops the chatter in everyone’s head. Lower the lights to create a cozy environment and soothing ambiance.
  2. Focus on breathing. Breathe in 2,3, 4 and out 2,3,4. Breathe in miracles and breathe out miracles. Repeat
  3. Change the word to HOPE. Breathe in hope and out hope. Repeat

 Cooking Latkes

  1. Cooking together is a stress buster. Put the cell phones in a basket and leave them in another room. Focus on cooking with love and feeling calm.
  2. Be mindful. Think only of the activity at hand. Notice how if feels to be calm as you mix the batter. No rushing. Leave plenty of time to enjoy bonding and cooking with your children.

Dreidel

  1. Get on the floor with the kids and spin the Dreidel. Playing games without all of the bells and whistles of screens is a nice brain break for all ages. Sharing traditions and laughs strengthens family bonds and creates memories. Being playful reduces stress.

 Gelt

  1. Go with dark chocolate vs. milk chocolate. It turns out that eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate can reduce the hormones in your body that make you feel stressed. Enjoy!

Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite is a freelance blogger, social media strategist, parenting expert, and successful entrepreneur. Her line of books and CDs are designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, doctors, and yoga instructors. Lori’s award winning books received national attention on Shark Tank and her sort after accessible tips have been featured in hundreds of publications to include: CNN Living, Real Simple Magazine, USA Today, Family Circle, Working Mother Magazine, and Web MD. For more information visit  Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter and Facebook.