Teaching Your Child Meditation for Stress Relief

There is a lot of talk about meditation for adults. However, there aren't a lot of resources on meditation with children. Children are exposed to the same stressful environment we are, and unlike adults, they do not know how to properly deal with stress and toxic situations, such as negative words from a fellow classmate. These tips will help you teach your child the basic meditation techniques.

Teach Them Correct Position

Have the children practice sitting on the floor with upright posture. Have them pull in their legs into an Indian position or butterfly position and rest their wrists gently on their knees. They can then join the tips of the thumb and index finger and close their eyes. Have them start with normal breathing, telling them to concentrate on the feeling and sound of their breath.

Holding for Five

A deeper breathing technique involves having your child take a deep breath in through their nostrils, then holding for five seconds. Then have them release the breath through their mouth, exhaling for another five seconds. This is a great way to help them calm down and focus. It is also a great technique to use when your child is upset or angry.

Envisioning Clouds

While kids are sitting upright with their eyes closed, tell them to imagine their mind as a sky with clouds coming, going, and changing shapes. This will help strengthen the child’s observational skills and focus skills.

Relaxation Song

Play a song that is very relaxing. Have your child listen to it while his eyes are closed. If they know the song, have them sing it in their minds while touching their thumb tip to each of the other fingertips one by one. If you do this several times a week with one song that can become your go-to song when your children need to calm down.

Gibberish

This meditation exercise is a fun one for kids. With their eyes closed, they can sway back and forth or even jump around making meaningless sounds. They should do this until they feel tired. Bring them back to calmness by having them sit calmly again and focus on their breath.

While it may seem strange to teach children meditation techniques, remember that these little tips are fun for them and help them learn how to get calm when a stressful situation comes up. It is great to practice these techniques before tackling the homework assignments for the night too.

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