Dear Mommy, Daddy, Aunties & Uncles
Welcome to the kids world of boundless energy, unending questions and tantrums. Did you know that you little one has as much energy as an endurance athletes, so if you are still trying to keep up with them, you are using the wring strategy.
If you are trying to outwit your child you might just fail miserably, the light in the tunnel before now was that they had school and you had adult time and the spa. Now with the novel corona virus and our fight to prevent the spread we are staying at home and schools and spas remain locked.
School provided more than a learning environment for the kids, it established a structure to their day, provided stimulation and interactions with their peers.
Now we are confined to our indoor spaces to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, parents with kids across the globe have been given more time to spend with their children. While this might be great in hindsight, tensions are sure to run high and with schools and spas, we need to find other ways to get rid of the unnecessary strains.
Here are 10 calm-down strategies for when your child is in need of tension relief.
Animal walks are a lot of fun for kids. Not only do they get to pretend to be some of their favorite animals, but they burn off lots of energy while doing it.
They also have a great ability to calm anxious kids by providing proprioceptive and vestibular sensory input through heavy work. Basically, these animal walks help kids receive calming deep pressure to their joints and limbs, help strengthen their sense of balance, and develop body awareness
Here are some animal walks for your kids to try out:
● Bear Walk; have your child move around on their hands and feet
● Elephant swing; arms are together in front of their body, then swing side to side like the trunk of an elephant
● Snake Slither; lie on the stomach and more forward trying not to leave the floor as much as possible
● Kangaroo Jump: keep the legs together, bend the knees as low as possible and hop like the kangaroo
Take a bath with Epsom salt.
Give them an Epsom salt bath; Magnesium is really a miracle mineral that regulates the nervous system and may help prevent stress, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and irritability. Add ½ cup to one bucket of water and use is for their shower or soak them in it waist down for 10 minutes.
Colour a picture in a colouring book:
It’s amazing how quickly kids calm down when coloring no matter how active they were just a few moments ago. Wondering what is it about a few crayons and a coloring sheet that makes kids calm down ?
Colouring can reduce anxiety. The back and forth rhythm of the crayon on paper is soothing which has an incredible therapeutic effect. You can promote this sense of calm by using mood changing happy colurs and encourage children to color within the lines, No stress if the colour are outside the lines too, it’s all about the fun !
Pop bubble wraps
Popping bubble wraps is a fun and very satisfying anti stress game. The verdict is still out on why this is such a great calming activity, but it is somewhere between the fell of the bubble between you hands and the pop sound.
Do a Maze
For kids, completing mazes is a great way to boost their problem solving skills. Solving mazes also boosts their patience and persistence and teaches them about the rewards of work. Let your child spend some time walking thru a maze, it is fun, it will help them focus and keep them busy. Mazes can also help improve a child’s cognitive thought processes. Solving mazes are wonderful for improving hand-eye coordination. You can print out a maze, have digital ones, gel or draw one on the floor.
Ask for a hug
Kids are very enthusiastic for physical interaction. So get your child to hug you and enjoy the boost of oxytocin aka the cuddle hormone. It’s the most rewarding experience.
Drink a warm beverage
A warm beverage is very soothing and satisfying, You can make your child more comfortable with a nice warm beverage. Certain liquids might also bring your child relief by soothing their throats and helping prevent dehydration.
Most children have a sweet tooth and are prone to asking for sugary beverages. However, guiding them towards more balanced options is important for their overall health so find a healthy recipe and try it out today.
Use a mini massager
Massage therapy can be beneficial for anyone right from infancy. Studies have shown that children’s massage can reduce anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Decreasing stress, in turn, can aid in improving sleeping habits. A little massage on the feet or back will go a long way to soothe your child.
Do some joint compressions
Don’t have a massager? Just do joint compressions on the arms and legs. Firmly place both hands above and below the elbow and make small compressions, do the same for the legs holding above and below the knees. Make a sweeping motion to end each compression.
Sing out loud.
Music is one of the best outlets for stress. There is great relief in being able to rock out to your favorite tune. But the physical act of singing out loud, even if it is off key, has been shown to release endorphins, the “feel good” chemical in the brain. So turn it up and sing your hearts out, your kids will love you for it.
And there we have it, 10 calming strategies designed to help children control anger, manage stress, lower anxiety while building self-esteem and improving sleep. Try them out and let their (and your) relaxation journey begin!