Relaxation Ideas for Children

The Easter holidays are an ideal time to practice relaxation and breathing. A time to gather and take a moment to connect, calm and just be. Here are a few simple ideas ( and free audio) you can use now to help you and your family. Let’s be calm and connected!

Relaxation and Deep Breathing

Parents often tell me that when they ask their child to breathe slowly, they often refuse. Do have a child who is a shallow breather and may pant. I’ve always found that if you are playful, your child will be less likely to resist you! So instead of asking them to breathe, you can:

  1. Practice breathing by pretending to blow out candles.
  2. Practice gentle breathing by blowing bubbles.
  3. Let’s be the ocean waves breathing in and out.
  1. Buy a party popper to help them to “blow out”.
  2. Pretend to smell a favourite flower. Go into nature, blow and wish those worries away on dandelion puffs, it’s free!
Relaxation ideas for children
Breathe, make a wish and blow those worries away

Relaxation and Visulization Ideas

Children have fantastic imaginations and are always ready to utilize it. Here are a few simple ideas, scripts and a free audio’s

1.Let’s be a Big Floating balloon

This is very short relaxation audio for all age groups up to 12. It is simple and easy. Please let me know if it helps you!

2.Let’s find our safe place.

When we want to relax, we need to feel safe. This is a simple visualization that is can be used with all age groups from 5 onwards. It’s great for those older children who don’t want others to see what they might be doing. You do need to practice this together in order for them to master it. Depending on their capacity for self-control, some children will sometimes be able to go there better than other times, so remember to adjust your expectation during these times. If you don’t want to use the script, it’s at my SoundCloud account too.

So, lie down or sit in a chair and start breathing ( you can follow my audio above for that bit) Now I want you to imagine a safe place. It can be anywhere ( try not to lead your child) gently ask them to go with the first place that arises in your mind. Feel the colours, the sounds and smells and feel really safe in that place. Keep breathing… I want you to take something that will help you feel even safer….breathe ( just let them stay there a while)

Now we are going to leave that place on the count of 3, I then want you to open your eyes. 321… your eyes when you are ready! Then talk about their journey.

3. Use a stuffed animal ( great for pre schoolers)

Lie down together, place your childs faviourite lovely on their belly, then ask them to feel down into that place and notice their lovely moving up and down from their belly. This teaches your child how to breathe deeply.

Relaxation and Moving

Some children are “kinesthetic” Learners. They may need to relax by moving. They might become a tree, or move into being a turtle by going into its shell.

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I hope this helps you, I really want to hear your ideas too, so do let me know on my Facebook page . With Love Catherine

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