Simple Relaxation Techniques for Kids


Relaxation techniques for kids are essential in helping your child to cope with stress. Today, children are under a lot of stress from many different sources.

According to a child stress expert, Georgia Witkin Ph.D., the number one stress of children comes from school. Children worry about grades, tests, homework, and passing. Other stresses come from worry about parent's health, peer pressure, the world, the future, and "everything". That's a lot of stressors for children.

How can you help? You can teach your child simple relaxation techniques for kids.

Relaxation is about letting go of stored tension.

One way to let go of tension is simply to have fun. Laughter is an incredible stress reliever. What does your child love to do? What makes her or him laugh?

How to begin relaxation techniques for kids

  • Create a special private place. Make sure you and your child won't be disturbed.
  • Go over the technique with your child and give reasons for doing it.
  • Start by releasing initial tension with, for example, shaking the body, a brisk walk, or laughing.

Mindful walking technique

This is an easy to learn technique. Here is how it is done: Sit down with your child to quiet down. Focus on the breathing. In and out of the belly. Focus for few minutes and then stand up slowly and begin walking.

Focus only on walking. Focus on the feet. One foot after another. Focus on the feet as they touch the ground. Always bring your attention to your feet. As you step down, focus on the foot stepping down, and then another. Practice for 10 minutes.

Visualization

Sit down with your child and begin by listening to the breath for few minutes. Then tell your child to imagine that you are in a meadow full of dandelions. Ask your child to imagine picking one up and then blowing dandelions seeds.

Ask her or him to blow through their lips as if they had a real dandelion. With each breath, the tension is leaving their body. Continue for as long as your child is comfortable.

Texture relaxation technique

You will need your child's favorite plush toy. If your child is comfortable ask her or him to close their eyes and to explore the toy. Is it soft? What does it feel like against fingers and hand? What does the toy feel like against the cheeks?

Have the child spend some time exploring the toy against the body. This keeps children connected to their bodies and grounded in the present moment.

Teach by example

Teaching relaxation techniques for kids is one way of helping your child. Another very important thing you can do is to teach your children by example. How do you deal with stress? Tell your kid when you are stressed out and how you will take care of yourself. Let him or her see how you change from stressed out to calm and collected.

To get some ideas on relaxation techniques for yourself, begin with 10 ways to relieve stress.

Other relaxation techniques are:

Instant Relaxation Exercises
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Progressive Relaxation
Visualization Techniques
Muscle Relaxation Technique


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Words of Wisdom

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
~Sydney J. Harris


Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~Chinese Proverb


There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
~Henry Kissinger


Humor, a great stress reliever!
Laugh, be happy and have less stress!
~Catherine Pulsifer


 

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