Children need to relax – Techniques to practice together as a family

GasolFoundation_VidaSouthLA_01-16-2016_47Children need to play and move around, but they also need time to relax. There are games of relaxation that promote peace and reduce stress and anxiety.

By teaching children to relax from an early age, we make sure it becomes a habit and a part of their daily lives. As teenagers and adults, they will know how to use relaxation strategies to reduce stress and react calmly and effectively to any situation.¬†Learning how to relax is as important as eating, sleeping, playing and brushing their teeth. Only ten minutes a day are enough for you to discover together the effects of relaxation ūüėČ

If you need to relax, you can ……

Timeout: Breathing

Stop for a moment, close your eyes and breathe. Carefully and slowly inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth (10 times). To enhance the experience, you can place one hand in your belly and breathe in different positions: standing, sitting or lying down.

GasolFoundation_VidaSouthLA_01-16-2016_4Timeout: Imagine your ‚Äúquiet place‚ÄĚ

Stop for a moment, close your eyes and imagine a place where you feel safe and calm. Try to rest and stay close to this feeling. You can do this standing, sitting or lying down.

Timeout: Shake your body
Stop for a moment and move around, shaking every part of your body: jump, wave your arms and legs, head, hands, fingers, hips … As you move around you can also let your voice be heard. Then stand still, close your eyes, and take note of how your body is feeling. You can also put a hand on your chest to feel your heart beating.

GasolFoundation_VidaSouthLA_01-16-2016_40Timeout: Get a massage or give yourself one

Stop for a moment and give yourself a little massage: press and/or lightly tap different parts of your body; face, head, arms, back, or legs. You can also ask someone to give you a hand. Then stay still for a bit, close your eyes, and see how your body feels.

Remember that by using relaxation techniques we can get kids to recognize the situations that make them feel stressed or anxious and know how to handle those situations better in the future.