A child’s life seems easy compared to the stresses of adulthood, but even kids feel the pressures of life. Sure, they might not have to worry about paying bills or losing a job, but your child deals with pressure at school and at home. Even though you can’t make all of his worries go away, you can help him deal with stress better by teaching these relaxation techniques.
Deep breathing is a good way to reduce stress and anxiety. To make it kid friendly, combine a little imagination. Have him pretend to blow different things. For example, have him pretend to blow over a big tower of blocks to take big breaths. For smaller, controlled breaths, have him pretend he is blowing up a bubble with his mouth that he doesn’t want to pop.
Sometimes your child just needs a little escape. Visualizing that he is in a different place can help him forget about the situation that is causing him stress. Have him close his eyes and imagine he is somewhere relaxing or enjoyable.
When my kids are upset, I have them imagine they are going on vacation. I have them close their eyes and imagine packing their bags. Next I have them pretend to go to the airport and get on a plane. Then we imagine landing and visiting the destination. We end up visualizing the return trip home. Even when we can’t actually get away, the kids have fun imagining they are going somewhere fun.
If your child has difficulty visualizing on his own, talk him through the experience. As he gets more practice, he might learn to visualize happy situations on his own.
Have a Laugh
Know any good jokes? You don’t have to win comedian of the year to put a smile on your child’s face. Telling him a few good jokes can help put him at ease. Encourage him to tell his own jokes. If he’s not sure where to start, give him a joke book he can read when he needs a good laugh.