4 guidelines to teach your child to relax (part 2)

We recently talked about the importance of a child learning to relax and the many benefits this had on his health and character. Today we are going to see several techniques so that you learn to relax when you need to . He himself will relate relaxation to well-being and when he sees that by being in harmony he regains the control that he believed lost, he will make it a recurring thing in his life.

These exercises that we explain below are recommended from the age of 5 but it is worth trying to do them with them from a young age, because even if they do not perform them completely or do not take it very seriously, they do perceive rest and take it. like a very nice routine.

First of all, we must be calm when we go to practice the exercises with the child. It is very easy to convey to the little one our state of mind and it is essential that it be as serene as possible. Do not pressure them if they do not want to do it, it has to be a voluntary activity, not imposed. Yes, we can explain it as a game and play soft music , avoid noise and interruptions. Create a comfortable space and wear light clothing that allows free movement.

We can start now:

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  1. Breathing

Most important of all, and what you can use in any situation that requires it. Breathe in and out slowly , being aware of the air coming in and going out. Trying to visualize that air by adding color to it, orange enters the body, blue comes out, for example. This will help you focus and breathe slowly. Then we can count on him while he breathes so that he can do it in a relaxed way. You will immediately feel peace and your pace will slow down.

  1. Contraction-strain

It consists of contracting and relaxing each group of muscles. It is convenient to use your imagination to get it done. We propose for hands and arms to make them squeeze a lemon and release it; for arms, shoulders and legs, try to grasp the branches of a tree; for the neck and shoulders hide the head like a turtle and remove it; for the face and jaw to exaggerate the letters U, X, O and make us chew an imaginary gum; for the face and nose we make faces in an exaggerated way, tensing and relaxing; for chest and lungs to breathe inflating ourselves like a balloon that later deflates; For the stomach, we make it hard thinking that they throw a ball directly to our belly and with our legs we can tighten them by imagining that a bear is on us (or whatever catches the child’s attention), and we have to lift it. All this we repeat several times until the body releases the tension.

  1. Swinging

Now it’s time to swing each part of the body like a swing, noticing how they weigh and come off.

  1. Think positive

And it is time to finish by having the child visualize something that makes him happy , brings him good memories, motivates him or likes him a lot. A positive thought in which you look and smile. We enjoy it for a few minutes and very little by little we open our eyes, we stretch and we are getting up now much more relaxed.

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