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News & Events

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September 7, 2019
The Fish Bowl benefiting OK Kids Korral
We are thrilled to announce a brand new event this year called The Fish Bowl. The tournament is part of the annual Sand Bass Festival in 2019 and we are honored to partner with such a popular community event. All proceeds from the fishing tournament go to the operations of OK Kids Korral. First place in the Bass division is $10,000. So, sign up here! You can also print a registration form and send it to: The Toby Keith Foundation, 818 NE 8th Street, OKC, OK 73104 before Aug. 23, 2019. Download the form here.
Click here for a complete copy of the rules.

If you would like to be a sponsor of any of our events, please email us at or call us anytime at 405-271-6552.
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Relaxation Techniques During Stressful Times - Part 1

on September 11, 2015

Anytime someone in the family is ill, the stress level increases. One parent gets a bug, and the other is playing “single parent” for a few days. A grandparent falls ill, and suddenly weekends and evenings are spent caring for him or her. A child catches a cold, and school is no longer an option for daytime care. Sure, these make your world a little more hectic for a few days, but normalcy resumes fairly quickly, and you’re able to move forward without a clenched jaw. But what if one day, that cold your child has is more than just a little virus? What if it’s something more serious that requires long hospital stays and extended travel for you?


These are the circumstances that we, at OK Kids Korral, are witness to each day. We watch as the children try to adjust to a new “bedroom” with doctors and nurses coming in and out on the hour. We see parents trying to stay strong as they comfort their child and learn this foreign medical language all while living in our home away from home. Anxiety is high, stress holds at peak level, and they understandably remain just on the edge of an emotional break. This is not the situation where merely telling someone to relax will be effective. Relaxing under these circumstances requires finding the right technique, and then making a concerted effort to employ that technique consistently. As we are all individuals with individual emotions, reactions, and coping levels, it only makes sense that the methods we use to relax will vary according to the individual, as well.


Our mission at the Korral, is to not only provide a place for families to stay while their children are in treatment, but to help them feel as close to “home” and comfortable as possible, and helping them relax is the first step in doing so. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of techniques that are useful for the families staying with us, as well as the children. Some are quick and simple, some are more involved, but each is a proven method to help reduce stress levels and ease tension.


1) Turn slow, relaxing music on at a low volume. Consider the classical genre or any wordless music with a slow, soothing melody.


2) Practice visualization or guided imagery. It helps to soften the mind chatter and release worries or negative thoughts. A great example of this is to have your child choose his or her favorite color that feels peaceful. Then imagine that with each inhale, the color comes in the body, and with each exhale, the color starts to fill the body. This continues until he or she visualizes being full of this soothing color.


3) Exercise. This doesn’t have to be pounding out fast miles on the pavement or powerlifting. Just 20 minutes of light activity, such as a walk outdoors, a mini yoga session, or even a dance party in the living room can reduce a notable amount of stress.


We would be remiss by telling you to expect big, permanent changes immediately. It takes time and a commitment, and if you stay with it, you should begin to notice an ease to it. These strategies are just skimming the top of the anxiety-reducing techniques barrel. Stay tuned for part two of this list, in which we explore mantras, breath work, and other simple measures to calm the mind.