Anxiety management, Meditation facilitator training, Meditation home practice, Meditation teacher training, mindfulness, stress management

How busy is busy?

“I am so busy”, or “I am too busy” are statements you will probably hear at least once a day.  But are we just busy being busy?  And how busy is busy?   Is being busy just fashionable or do we feel that we are expected to be busy?  Are we defining our worth by how busy we are?

I was talking to a past student of the Chilled Out Child meditation and mindfulness facilitator programme earlier today about how healthy and essential it is to take a step back and slow life down a little.  We both agreed on this simple question “how we can know who we really are, if we are rushing through life and not giving ourselves enough time to reflect on where we have been, where we are now and where we might want to be going?”

Children learn by example, which can create some hilarious moments.  Think of the toddler who picks up a toy phone loudly announcing “hello, hello, I am too busy to talk now!”  or the three-year-old who struts around the room flinging a scarf around it’s neck loudly exclaiming that it is in a rush and cannot find it’s car keys.  How many of us can recognise ourselves in these role-play moments?  Hilarious yes, but not so hilarious if you are that busy throughout your life well into adulthood and dashing around your house frantically seeking the car keys and flinging your phone around, shouting commands at it saying you are too busy to speak now is part of everyday life…. and your normal way of being.

Eventually all this dashing and flailing about is going to lead to feelings of stress and then develop into anxiety.

Now might be a good time to create low stress environments for yourself and your children.

Here are some basic ideas to think about;

  • To start with do not over schedule yourself or your children.
  • Ask yourself and your children which activities bring you all joy and stick to the activities which are having a positive emotional and psychological impact on your lives.
  • Make sure family downtime involves relaxing and chatting to each other.   Staring at the TV might not be good enough down time.
  • Make sure you all get enough sleep.  Tired grumpy children, lead to tired grumpy parents and vice versa.
  • Eat well and healthily and the occasional chocolate treat is good too.  I met a mum once who was so strict she banned her child from eating chocolate!  That would be devastating in my household.
  • Listen to what your children are saying.  This goes back to sitting and chatting to your children.
  • Take the time to talk about what you like and do not like about life right now.  If you all share your perceptions on things you will all understand each other better.

Remember that in order to take care of your children you must take care of yourself. 

With this in mind, the Chilled Out Child meditation and mindfulness facilitator training programme starts with looking at what stress is and the development of your own meditation practice and then move on to how you can share these skills with children and teenagers.

If you would like to know more about developing your own meditation practice and how you can live life mindfully on purpose follow this link.

Meditation, Meditation facilitator training, Meditation home practice, Meditation teacher training, mindfulness, stress management

Taking the first step.

When you mention meditation to some people they react with “I could never do that, it is too hard” or, “I would love to learn how to meditation but I will never be able to stop thinking”.   There are many excuses people use for not starting a meditation practice even when some of them desperately want to benefit from a meditation practice.

The first thing to mention is that taking that first step is the hardest part of getting into any healthy habit.  Scrap any ideas you might have that you are going to have to find hours within your day to sit cross legged, chanting OM and breathing in eternal calm.  This could not be further from the reality of developing a convenient and useful meditation practice.   The truth is not many of us have hours, let alone one hour in our day where we can do anything that does not revolve around work, household chores and looking after children.   It is especially pertinent to add that parents are time poor and as a result would admit to feeling frazzled at best and exhausted, completely overwhelmed at potentially teetering on the edge of sanity at worst.

Believe it or not, just five  minutes of meditation or “me time” scheduled or unscheduled a day depending on how  frenetic your life is, will pay dividends.  You will eventually find that your five minutes a day could become ten or fifteen minutes a day  and if that is where you leave it, you are doing great!  Fifteen minutes of meditation time a day equals one hour and forty five minutes of “me time” at week.  How often do you get to spend an hour and forty five minutes a week just being.

The other thing to bear in mind as that your mind will never stop thinking, you just learn how to avoid placing too much emphasis on your thoughts.  So for example if a thought enters your mind, think of it as a cloud passing by.  Acknowledge you have had the thought, but watch it float on by and do not focus or dwell on it or the emotions that might be stirred up.  That way, even if you are “thinking a lot” you will learn how to let these thoughts float on by and you will feel rested and less anxious than when you place too much emphasis on what you are thinking and the associated emotions which may rise to the surface.

You may be at  a point in your life where  you who have practiced meditation in the past or do practice on occasion and want to get back into the habit, as well as introduce your family to the benefits of meditation.

From 2018 the Chilled Out Child training programme has been revised allowing for it to be adapted to individuals requirements.  This is ideal for teachers working in schools who wish to use these skills in their classrooms.

If this programme interests you then you might like to find out more about the Chilled Out Child facilitator programme. 

As February and March are special months in our family, I have decided that between now and the end of March 2018, I am offering a further 25% discount on the already discounted rate when you pay in full on booking.

If you would like to know more about the programme, please fill in your contact details below:

Meditation teacher training

“This is not a race, but a lifetime of inspired learning”. 

“This is not a race, but a lifetime of inspired learning” – these are words I regularly echo to students on the Chilled Out Child programme.

I believe in a multi-faceted and heart centred approach to health and wellbeing both at home and at work.  I believe there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to taking care of your mental, emotional (energetic) and physical health.  We are all unique human beings and therefore what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.

I have enjoyed and embraced a 20 year long journey studying many disciplines of holistic healing and am truly passionate about the benefits of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, emotional freedom techniques (tapping) and meridian psychotherapy.

One of my most exciting achievements and a project I am proud of, is the writing and teaching of the Chilled Out Child programme, which has evolved year on year.  This  programme has received international accreditation by one of the worlds most exciting and inclusive yoga institutions.

Joining the Chilled Out Child programme is an opportunity for personal growth and you will be gently supported you in your journey towards learning how to share meditation and mindfulness with children and teenagers.  This programme will also introduce you to an understanding of the energy body and how a simple therapy can evolve and transform energy body stress resulting in children (and adults) that are less anxious and able to be fully present in the moment.   The Chilled Out Child programme is fully mentored and my motto  in life is that “life should not be lived as if you are competing in a race, but lived in a way that you notice when to slow down and take care of yourself, regardless of the fact that everyone around you might be running the race and trying to drag you along with them”.  In a nutshell, if you need longer to complete your studies, that is absolutely fine.   This is not a race, it is a lifetime of inspired learning. 

You might be wondering what inspired me to write this programme.  I am a qualified Transformation meditation teacher, mindfulness facilitator, EFT Master Practitioner and Yoga Alliance International accredited yoga teacher for children and adults and in 2013, became increasingly concerned about the level of anxiety I was noticing in children.  This coincided with my own child working her way through the school system.  I was approached by one of the mums whose daughter attended my children’s yoga classes who insisted I needed to share mindfulness with more people by training adults to teach children and teenagers.   There seemed to be a number of children’s yoga teacher training courses around, but after extensive research, I felt that there was one important element missing in most training courses – meditation.  I decided to write the Chilled Out Child programme which is aimed at adults who wish to develop their own meditation practice and learn how to share anxiety management techniques and mindfulness with children and teenagers.  The programme now includes a section on EFT (tapping), as more parents are highlighting the difficulties their children are having with stress, anxiety, phobias, nightmares and reactions to various real or perceived trauma.

Learning how to share meditation techniques and inspire a mindful way of being in children and teenagers is particularly important for parents and school teachers who are in contact with children daily. The Foundations of Meditation modules are an ideal starting point for family life.  If you wish to share these life skills with children and teenagers in the community, you will enjoy the Bringing Meditation to the Wider Community modules which focuses on all the practicalities of teaching.

The programme is delivered as a mentored distance learning programme with lots of support from me.  In 2018, I will once again be running an “in person” training option from beautiful therapy rooms in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent and a truly unique yoga studio nestled in lovely gardens in South East London.

From the therapy rooms in Tunbridge Wells, I will also be offering Energy EFT and mindfulness coaching sessions for women, children and teens.

2018 is going to be a truly inspiring year. If you would like to know more about the Chilled Out Child programme or mindfulness coaching, please contact me here.

Exhibitions, Healthy Living Fair Hastings, Meditation, Meditation teacher training, mindfulness

Photographs from the Hastings Healthy Living Fair

On Sunday the 25th of September the Chilled Out Child (aka me) put up the meditation dome and set out the temporary labyrinth around one of the most beautiful trees in Alexandra Park, Hastings.  It is the kind of  tree you want to wrap your arms around. The sun was rising and there was the hint of a light shower in the air and a cool breeze, but as the day wore on the weather became glorious.  It was great meeting everyone there and at times the the Chilled Out Child space seemed really busy.   One of my students who will be setting up a family meditation class in the Hastings area was there with a group of enthusiastic children to teach her practical class before she completes some final pieces of homework and receives her certificate.  I am very much looking forward to being a part of this event in 2017, where I already have some creative workshop plans to think through.

Here are some photographs from the day.  Thank you to those individuals who were happy to have their photograph taken.

Contact me here to find out about developing your own meditation practice and learning how to facilitate mindfulness in children and teenagers.








Tania Ferreira is the founder of the Chilled Out Child.  The programme aims to help children and families deal with anxiety and stressful moments by connecting with the breath through yoga, meditation, mindfulness and the practice of EFT. Her mission is to bring the benefits of meditation, mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Techniques to anyone who wishes to have more calm, clarity and connection in their lives.

Tania is a Yoga Alliance accredited Hatha yoga teacher, guided imagery specialist, transformation meditation teacher, mindfulness facilitator and Energy EFT Master Practitioner.  She is currently working towards a Masters in Metaphysical Humanistic Science and Holistic Healing.