Updated: Oct 22
We hear so much about meditation these days, and at myKinCloud we focus on the importance of proactively taking a moment each day to meditate to help keep our stress and anxiety levels low. There are times, however, when the situation is a bit more urgent, especially with kids, that require a more reactive approach to restoring calm. Our kids might have a difficult exam that day, perhaps they have to give a presentation at school, maybe they are having a full-blown tantrum, or they are having problems going to sleep.
Try this simple technique that can be done instantly, anywhere, and anytime, to help them deal with their rising anxiety:
Have your child start to take a few long, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.
While they are breathing, begin to count to 4 in each direction, where they breathe in through their nose during the count of 4, then breathe out through their mouth during the count of 4.
Repeat this cycle five times.
This simple act of deep, focused breathing should help slow down their heart rate and have an immediate calming and stress-reducing effect. It is remarkable.
Important note: This isn’t just for kids!! Parents can do this too when nerves start to take over. It puts anxiety in check pretty much every time. It’s quick, easy, and certainly worth giving a try.
Do you have any tips for helping your kids (and you!) deal with momentary panic and anxiety?