There are a number of ways you can introduce relaxation into your home.
Introducing a routine of relaxation will bring a wealth of benefits for you and your child. Here are some ideas to get you inspired!
This is often one of the most stressful times in the day. If you could introduce just 2 mins relaxation, it will help set your child on the right track, for a relaxed and positive day.
- As your child is waking put on a relaxing CD and allow them to have a few moments relaxation before they rise.
- Find time to sit together as a family for 3 mins on the sofa and share a quick relaxation together. This will help your child feel safe and secure.
- You may like to focus on an affirmation and share a positive thought for the day. This would take less than a minute and is very unifying.
- Children could listen to a CD on their headphones on the way to school in the car.
- Practice breathing exercises together. Take in a deep breath into the tummy and breathe out slowly. This is a simple exercise and can be done on the way to school, in the car or while walking.
- Ask your child to lie on their back with their arms by their side and feet and ankles relaxed.
- Play a relaxing, soothing CD at a comfortable volume
- Read a meditation/relaxation script while music plays.
- Gently resist the urge to be drawn into conversation while reading the script.
- Be patient – there may be giggles and fidgets and talking. This is normal as it is a new experience.
- When the script is completed, let the music continue if you find that your child is comfortable and relaxed.
- When they are ready, they will naturally move to their favourite sleeping position and drift off to sleep.
- It is a good idea to start on a different track each night.
Weekly Family Chill Night:
You may like to dedicate one evening a week to relaxation. Make it a regular event at the same time each week where the whole family is free to come together and enjoy a TV free hour of quality time and relaxation.
- You could listen to a relaxing cd together, taking it in turns to give each other a shoulder rub, or hand/foot/head massage.
- Practice some breathing exercises together.
- Discuss each others qualities, specialities, successes and strengths
- Make a list of all the things you love doing together and plan outings.
- Children and parents may like to draw what they see during the meditations with lots of colourful crayons and pencils.
- It goes without saying that hugs and kisses are very much a part of the weekly chill night!
With a little effort, you will soon see the benefits and changes that are inevitable once you and your family have created a home and a space where relaxation is second nature.
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” ~Mother Teresa