7 simple techniques to help young children relax

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Even the smallest can suffer from stress or anxiety, especially in situations of change or moments of stress.

Fortunately, there are many simple things that parents, family or friends can do with them to help them calm down and regain peace of mind.

Also, being able to recognize and deal with anxiety is a valuable skill.

Try these simple techniques and find out which works best for you.

1. Use the mind

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Image captionMaintaining a positive mood in children can be a big challenge for parents.

Take a small food (such as a raisin or a cookie) and ask the child to examine it carefully: to look at it, smell it, put it on and mouth and see how it feels, what it tastes, how it sounds, how If I had never tried it before.

Why does it work?

The practice known as mindfulness is based on “being in the moment” and focusing completely on what you are doing at that moment, on using all your senses to experience it.

That can pose a challenge for the little ones, but some simple exercises can be very helpful and help them learn to pause and think before reacting.

2. Laughter, laughter and more laughter

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Image captionLaughter is contagious at any age.

Watching a program you like with your child, telling jokes or making funny faces can be a great way to relax and manage your nerves.

Why does it work?

Laughter helps reduce stress hormones and relax muscles.

3. Take a deep breath

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Image captionThere are child relaxation techniques as simple as breathing.

Encourage your child to take a deep breath, hold the air and then exhale slowly. To help you, you can set an example, but you have to find a rhythm that is comfortable for you . And continue breathing until you are more calm.

Why does it work?

A few deep breaths are enough to help reduce the child’s heart rate and help him feel in control.

4. To stretch

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Image captionStretching like a dog or a cat, another way to achieve relaxation.

Stretch your arms above your head, stand on the balls of your feet and try to make yourself as high as possible … and then let your arms fall.

Why does it work?

Stretching the muscles reduces tension. So you can also teach children to stretch like cats or play trying to reach the stars.

5. In the clouds

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Image captionSometimes you just have to jump on the lawn and look at the sky.

Stay as still as possible and together watch the clouds go by. Ask him to identify some form among the clouds . Is that a rabbit? Can you see the old man with a beard?

Why does it work?

This simple technique encourages you to relax and stop thinking about other things. You can combine it with deep breaths so your child can relax even more.

6. Let the music catch them

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Image captionWho does not enjoy music? At any age it works.

Get comfortable and listen to some relaxing music together. The classical musicand instrumental are excellent choices. But those are just two of many alternatives.

Why does it work?

Nothing like relaxing music to combat stress, at any age.

7. Color and scribbles

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Image captionChildren’s imagination has its best extension through a pencil.

Put hands to work with papers and crayons and draw until they can not anymore!

Why does it work?

Doodling can help reduce stress because it gives a break to brain . And it can also stimulate creativity.

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  • UMAR FAROOQ#1

    October 30, 2017

    send me please this or more material thanks

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