Tips to help kids unwind
Whether we like it or not, children are under more pressure these days than ever before. Technology is allowing them to pack more into their brains and all the other activities in their lives are spreading their time even thinner.
You might think all this would lead to exhaustion and falling into a satisfied sleep at the end of the day. But that’s not always the case, as plenty of parents would agree. Instead, all this stimulation can cause some kids to become hyped up, and make it hard for them to unwind.
Here are a several ideas on how you can help your little ones calm down and get some well-earned rest.
1. Breathing exercises – by learning how to control their breathing, your child can regulate the oxygen to their muscles and therefore help to start their body unwind. Try getting them to breathe in through the nose for 4 seconds, hold their breath for 1-2 seconds, and then breathe out through their mouth for 4 seconds.
2. Reading or audio books – by doing a bit of quiet reading or listening to a story or podcast, your child’s mind will be distracted from the worries and excitement of the day, and become more calm and centred.
3. Meditation – there are lots of different options and opinions on the best approach to this, but essentially, if your child can find a calm, quiet spot, sit or lie comfortably, close their eyes and focus on their body, they should hopefully be able to relax.
4. Stretching – stress often leads to us tightening our muscles, so by stretching out from head to toe, your little ones can really shake off the tension they’ve been carrying around all day.