Relaxation techniques for children
Is your child having trouble sleeping before school exams? Do you want your child to learn better? Anyway, if you are concerned about the mental and physical well-being of your child, the use of relaxation techniques can be of great benefit in achieving this goal.
You’ve probably already heard that relaxation techniques have many advantages. You may have tried them yourself, or you may be practicing meditation at the moment. But are the concepts of “meditation” and “children” compatible?
Yes! Meditation can be extremely effective even for young children. Let us consider what exactly this benefit manifests itself.
Does meditation help children?
First of all, meditation contributes to the fact that the child gets the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Moreover, studies confirm that meditation reduces stress, improves memory, reduces aggression, helps to control anxiety, improves the relationship of the child in the family and school, and in General brings him a sense of inner peace and tranquility.
How to motivate a child to engage in meditation
It is a good idea to teach your child to practice meditation from an early age. Consider 5 simple relaxation techniques that are sure to please your child.
1. «Stairway to heaven»
This is one of the best relaxation techniques. It is best done at night:
encourage the child to close his 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 represent the clouds in various forms. These can be forms of animals or objects;
then let the child imagine a ladder that goes up into the sky. Let him climb the stairs and relax more with each step;
once in the sky, the 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 a few minutes;
let the child concentrate on how his stomach rises and falls in time with his breathing. Let him imagine how his anxiety goes away with each breath.
3. Relaxation technique before exams
If the child is facing difficult exams, this relaxation technique will help him cope with stress:
invite your child to sit on a chair and relax;
let him take deep breaths and focus on his breathing;
then the child should alternately relax the muscles of the neck, back, shoulders and face;
after that, invite him to present 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 your child a lot of fun:
before performing the exercise, explain to your child that deep breathing helps to relax;
invite your child to take a deep breath and blow out a soap bubble. At the same time, he must think positive thoughts, as if placing them in bubbles. The child can think about what he loves or what he is waiting for;
the child can perform this exercise together 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 your child to take a comfortable position-sit or lie down. He can close his eyes if he wants to;
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 a few simple ways to help your child relieve stress. Teach your child the above methods and help him become a positive person