One in six young Australians is currently experiencing an anxiety condition. One in 16 young Australians is currently experiencing depression.
Does your child worry a lot? Have they ever experienced a panic attack? Do they withdraw from social situations or ever seem worried when you can’t identify a reason. These are all possible signs that they are experiencing anxiety and if not dealt with now, could impact them seriously for years to come.
This year has seen a spike in emotional turbulence for everyone and our kids are feeling it too. How can you help them overcome their feelings of anxiety and stress? Here are 4 ways to help you get started:
Do a Fun Activity together
How much better do you feel when you meet up with a friend and do something together that makes you both laugh? Don’t you feel even better when you have fun with your kids and watch their stress and anxiety drain away ! One of the best parts of being a children’s yoga teacher is watching children’s foreheads relax and the tension in their bodies release throughout a yoga class.
Spend 5 – 10 mins together doing an activity that brings you both joy or makes you laugh. A spontaneous Dance Party is always a massive hit.
Make a Happy List
Keep the positive energy going by grabbing a journal and a pen. Set the timer for 3 minutes and write a list of everything that makes you happy. At the end of 3 minutes, spend 2 minutes sharing your list. Maybe you could plan to do one of those activities every day for the next week.
Time to calm things down. Finger breathing is a fabulous tool to help children and teens get control over their thoughts and emotions. By the end of 10 big breaths, they will have reset their internal state to calm.
Open one hand in front of you, the palm faces towards you. With your opposite hand, use your index finger to trace a line up the outside of the thumb on an inhalation and trace down the other side on an exhalation. Continue though all 10 fingers feeling your energy settle down.
Starting from sitting, we tap or pound with fists all the way down the body from the top of the heads, across the shoulders, down the outside of the arms and up the inside, into the chest and down the back, down the legs and finishing in the balls of the feet. Tap as strongly as you like, feeling any tight areas release and feeling stress move out of the body.
Yoga Therapy 4 Stress & Anxiety
In the Eastern Yoga Therapy tradition, stress and anxiety relate to the Bladder and Kidney meridians. These lines of energy run down the back of the body. An effective way to calm the body and mind, is to squeeze the kidneys in the lower back and stretch out the whole spine.
Start by lying on the back, with hands interlaced behind the head and soles of feet together.
Exhale, slide the right elbow along the floor to the right knee, feeling a squeeze in the waist. Inhale back to the centre. Repeat on the left side. Swing side to side x 10.
For a stronger version, lift the hips and repeat x 10.
Hope you found this useful. For more sequences, see our FB page and You Tube channel, or join us at an upcoming training to help more children and teens with the tools and benefits that yoga provides.