Inner Peace & Relaxation
Fear & Anxiety
One thing I am trying to help my son with is finding ways to relax – both mind and body; to get into the habit of finding his inner peace or the serene/quiet spirit within him. A book I found useful for this was Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean. It offers a practical approach to doing things that will help children find peace within when life gets busy, noisy or frustrating. I liked the ‘Mind-in-a-Jar’ experiment she offers at the end of the book.
Other Recommended Books:
- Meditation Is An Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids by Whitney Stewart
- Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh
- A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh
- 10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children – And Ourselves – The Social And Emotional Skills To Reduce Stress And Anxiety For Healthier, Happier Lives by Goldie Hawn
In addition, the following ideas have been helpful:
- Taking a walk outside and not talking. Just walking and breathing in the air and listening to the sounds and allowing the mind to rest.
- Laying on the grass at the park and looking up at the clouds. Watching them just move or float around. He likes to talk about all the shapes he sees.
- Having quiet time in the car. I let him know we are going to have quiet time for 5 minutes and ask him to sit quietly and allow himself to breathe and just relax.
- Enjoying a warm bubble bath before bedtime. He likes to play with toys but some days he enjoys the bubbles and lets the body and mind relax for a few minutes.
- Playing SPA music during lessons. This helps him have a serene environment to work around which allows him to be more relaxed.
- Encouraging him to have a special place where he can go and play quietly where he can let his mind relax and recharge.
- Encouraging short breathing exercises just before we start lessons. This helps clear his mind and breathe out all the stress before he starts filling his mind with new knowledge.
- I’ve also found laughter to be a nice way to relax and get his mind and body to relax.
- Visual exercises. Sometimes it helps to have him sweep his stress away or wash his stress away. When he acts it out, it is a way of visually releasing it and he feels better.
There are many ways to encourage relaxation, inner peace or quieting the mind. If you have any that have been effective for you, please share it.