Relaxation Techniques for Kids
Does your child have trouble sleeping before school exams? Do you want your child to study better? One way or another, if you are worried about your child’s mental and physical well-being, using relaxation techniques can be very helpful in achieving this goal.
You have probably already heard that relaxation techniques have many advantages. Perhaps you yourself have tried to apply them, or are currently practicing meditation. But are the concepts of “meditation” and “children” compatible?
Yes! Meditation can be extremely effective even for young children. Consider what exactly this benefit manifests itself.
Does meditation help children?
First of all, meditation helps the child gain the ability to concentrate on long periods of time. Moreover, studies confirm that meditation reduces stress, improves memory, reduces aggressiveness, helps control anxiety, improves the relationship of the child in the family and school, and in general brings him feelings of inner peace and tranquility.
How to motivate a child to meditate
It is a good idea to teach your child meditation from an early age. Consider 5 simple relaxation techniques that your child will surely enjoy.
1. “Stairway to Heaven”
This is one of the best relaxation techniques. It is best done at night:
Have the child close their eyes and not move. Let him imagine that he is lying in a meadow and looking at the clouds floating in the sky;
let the child imagine the clouds in various forms. These may be forms of animals or objects;
then let the child introduce the staircase that goes to heaven. Let him climb the stairs and relax more with each step;
rising into the sky, a child can build a shelter in the clouds.
2. “Conscious breathing”
Conscious breathing is a simple relaxation exercise. The child can use it every time, experiencing anxiety:
invite your child to sit comfortably. Let him put one hand on his chest and the other on his stomach;
invite him to close his eyes, relax all his muscles and breathe deeply for several minutes;
Let the child concentrate on how his stomach rises and falls in time with his breath. Let him imagine how his anxiety goes away with each exhalation.
3. Relaxation technique before exams
If your child has difficult exams, this relaxation technique will help him cope with stress:
Have your child sit on a chair and relax.
let him take deep breaths and focus on his breath;
then the child should alternately relax the muscles of the neck, back, shoulders and face;
then invite him to introduce himself as a confident and motivated student who can easily pass the exam.
4. “Bubbles with happy thoughts”
This is one of the most fun relaxation techniques that will bring the child a lot of pleasure:
before the exercise, explain to the child that deep breathing helps to relax;
Have your child take a deep breath and blow a soap bubble. At the same time, he must think positive thoughts, as if placing them in bubbles. A child can think about what he loves or what he expects;
the child can perform this exercise with friends to add a good mood.
5. Alternate muscle relaxation
Alternating muscle relaxation is one of the best ways for adults and children to relieve stress:
invite the child to take a comfortable pose – sit down or lie down. If desired, he can close his eyes;
invite him to alternately strain and relax the muscles in different parts of the body;
let the child pay attention to how his body and thoughts are restored.
Now you know some simple ways to help your child relieve stress. Teach your child the methods discussed above and help him become a positive person.