I remember as a young child always being way too excitable. I needed to learn how to calm down (so I didn’t induce an asthma attack!). I actually recall my Mum telling me to “relax” on numerous occasions. This was always followed with some form of time-out, so I could relax and breathe calmly again. Although this technique did work, I have been thinking recently about alternative ways to teach children how to relax. How do you teach children how to calm down when they are feeling emotional or over excited? The result is the below four relaxation ideas for children. I encourage you to try these with your children. You may just find them working for you as well…
1. Close your eyes, lay down and listen to a guided meditation.
Meditation for children and adults is becoming popular. There are many courses you can take to learn about meditation and its benefits. For the time poor you can always access You Tube for a free guided meditation for children. Just type in guided meditation for children and you will be amazed at the options. My personal favorite is the Fairy Garden Meditation for Children by Jason Stephenson. It can be used for relaxation & sleeping. Get cozy and enjoy this with your children. YouTube has many channels dedicated to Meditation for children. Have a look around and try some out!
2. Listen to calming music.
There is such a variety of calming music available. A new favorite channel of mine can be accessed for free via You Tube. Look up YellowBrickCinema – Relaxing Music for Children. Be prepared to watch your children (and you!) drift into a state of absolute calm-bliss.
3. Have a hug.
Physical contact – one of the best therapies around. What more can I say?
4. Try some calming yoga for children.
Yoga is fast becoming known as a reputable relaxation technique for people of all ages, including children. There are many Yoga for kid’s schools popping up all over the world (including Australia) to meet the demand and need within our community. The benefits to children in practicing Yoga can be seen in both the physical, emotional, mental, emotional and spiritual results. Yoga provides a variety of methods for releasing stress and so much more. If you are interested in trying some yoga with your kids, there are some really great free Yoga videos especially for the young ones available on You Tube. There are many to choose from however, my personal favorite (so far!) is the Yoga Nidra Relaxation for Children with Mayuri Gonzalez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpz93B_c1qU.
Let us know if you try any of these relaxation ideas for children.