Sometimes our children find it hard to go to sleep. This could be because of something that happened at Childcare, School or just during the day and their little minds could be filled with anxiety or stress.
Yes even kids can feel stress! The most important part of this realisation is that kids don't know what stress or anxiety is. They can certainly feel it but they do not know why or how it happens. I believe if we can teach our kids, as young as 2, what to do when these feelings occur, such as breathe properly, then our future generation will be much happier.
Here are some different ways on how to approach this below:
1) Lying down on your back, place your hands lightly on your stomach. Close your eyes and relax. Now breathe into your hands and feel your hands rise up as you inhale and go down as you exhale. Do this 5 times and your body and mind will feel lighter. Do this 10 times and you'll feel even better !
2) Yoga Balloon Breath : Sit down with your child, facing each other. Before you blow the balloon up, explain that when you breathe in and breathe out you want them to do it with you. Take a deep breath in & breathe out, inflating the balloon. You can do 3 or 4 breathes in one balloon. The exhale can be longer than the inhale. But this is not totally important, just have fun teaching your kids how to breathe. The kids love it when you let go of the balloon!!
3) Breathing really is key, especially if we are experiencing an anxiety attack or feel like we are under a lot of stress. Here is another breathing exercise that will having a calming effect on your child. Place one hand on your stomach and one on your heart. Close your eyes and relax. Now breath into your stomach, then into your heart, then exhale. You can feel your hands rise up as you inhale and go down as you exhale. After 2 or 3 times you'll notice a rounding rhythm with your breathe as you inhale and exhale. This is a beautiful way to fall into a deep sleep or meditation.
To make this really fun, you could get your kids to make up a mindfulness playlist on Spotify (like this one I put together ) or you could create a mindfulness space with beautiful smelling candles or incense that you both light.
P.S. These techniques may also help the adult in your life that suffers from anxiety. I teach these types of techniques in my Kids Classes and also my Adult Classes. I hope they help!