Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. Giving children this life skill when they are young supports their over all social and emotional development.
Many of us hold stress in our shoulders. It is like a primitive form of contracting our muscles to spring into the fight or flight mode.
Today’s challenge is to get your child to recognise the tension that builds up in their bodies, particularly in the shoulders. When they relax their shoulders and accept the the feeling of restfulness that accompanies they become more relaxed and mindful.
Shoulder Relaxation (How to explain it to your child.)
– Breath deeply and, on the exhale, allow your shoulders to drop towards the floor as if someone is pressing them downward.
– Continue to breathe deeply for five breaths, allowing your shoulders to slightly rise on the inhale and then completely drop on the exhale.
– Recognise how the muscles feel in the shoulder and neck. Remember, do not judge the tension. Just recognise it is there and release the tension.
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