“The way to do is to be.” ― Lao Tzu
True words but difficult to live by.
It is a little unfortunate that children today live such stressful lives. Gone are the days when children had time to relax, play freely and just be kids. Sure, children these days have access to unparalleled opportunities that perhaps their parents didn’t have when it comes to after-school activities. But with all this comes the added responsibility for parents to help their children rejuvenate regularly. Teaching relaxation techniques to children can also help them during their adulthood, when demands of family and career can take their toll.
Deep breathing is the easiest relaxation exercise that can provide relief from anxiety and stress quickly. An article titled Top Ten Relaxation Techniques for Children, published in the website stress.lovetoknow.com, mentions, "Deep breathing is an effective way of slowing down the body's natural response to stress. It slows down the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and provides a feeling of being in control."
Any form of exercise, be it swimming, sports or just walking in nature, can work wonders to release all the pent-up stress from your children’s mind and body. Fun activities such as game nights are also excellent ways to alleviate stress. This gives children time to recover from a heavy school day. Yoga, meditation, stretching exercises, music and dancing are also great ways to unwind. You can also teach your children visualization techniques and progressive muscle relaxation techniques as these are excellent tools to mitigate mental and physical tension.
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With so much going on in their lives, children need to find time to simply unwind, put their feet up, and have some all important 'me-time'. We take a look at the educational and psychological benefits of encouraging children to relax.
There are many techniques children can use to reduce their stress and relax. Depending on the child, some may work better than others. Try teaching your child one or two of the following techniques to begin, and then gradually add in more as he or...
These exercises help your children learn how to relax when they're feeling stressed and help them get rid of those butterflies-in-the-stomach kinds of feelings.
Several studies show that listening to soothing nature sounds and relaxing music increases the levels of serotonin and other positive hormones in the bloodstream. Regularly listening to relaxing music can help children disconnect from everyday stress
When you learn that your breath is linked to your state, you have it in your power to keep a steady head whenever you need. ‘Take a deep breath’ is wonderful and simple wisdom that children can put to use.
Calm breathing is a technique that teaches your child to slow down his or her breathing when feeling stressed or anxious.
Belly breathing can help you relax and make your body stop feeling squeezed. Belly breathing can help you feel better. Try it!
There is an increasing interest in teaching children mediation and mindfulness methods to help them relax, de-stress and learn how to connect to their own inner source of calm.
The most excellent way to keep your little one healthy and hearty is yoga. Yoga helps to improve concentration, boost confidence and reduce the level of stress in children. So, here are 30 amazing fun yoga poses for your kids.
Try this series of simple stretches for children. They may be naturally flexible, but children still benefit from stretching.