Child care

Relaxation Techniques for Children

Sleeping Starfish
Sleeping Starfish

Tell your child to lie down on his or her bed and relax his or her legs and arms. Instruct the child to imagine that they are a sleeping starfish, lying on the bottom of the sea. In order for the starfish to sleep peacefully while going unnoticed by predators, they need to breathe in and out slowly while relaxing their head.

Squeeze and Relax
Squeeze and Relax

For this technique, you need to tell your child to take a deep breath while squeezing every muscle in his or her body. Next, the child should relax for a few moments before repeating two or three times.

Elastic Band
Elastic Band

Tell your child to close his or her eyes and imagine that their body is elastic, like a rubber band. Explain that a rubber band is floppy and loose, so they should feel floppy and loose as well. Their muscles should be relaxed while they enjoy this fun stretch.

Big Balloon
Big Balloon

Tell your child to close his or her eyes and imagine holding a big balloon. The balloon is very light and is also their favorite color. With closed eyes, the child should imagine rising into the sky while holding onto the bottom of the balloon while breathing slowly, taking deep breaths. Tell your child to enjoy the feeling of flying and being totally free.

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