Tricky times at the moment and not just for children, but for adults as well. There are things that we can do to help our anxiety, help with our worry and I wanted to write a quick blog post to give you some ideas of things that you can do. Lots of children are struggling with anxiety.
- Practice your breathing. Focusing on your breathing for several minutes per day can make a different. There are lots of different breathing exercises that you can try and sometimes just finding one that works for you will get you through those challenging moments. It’s not going to take that worry/anxiety away but over time and with practice it will help you feel better and in my book – Yasmine Yogi and Phoebe Bee – I share several different breathing exercises that you and your children can do to help in these tricky times, there are also yoga postures, mindfulness exercises and a relaxation. Check out my book here – and check out the review below.
- Meditation/Relaxation for you. Spending a few minutes a day meditation/relaxing can do us the world of good. There are lots of free meditations/relaxations on You Tube. Have a browse and find something that works for you. Or come along to my relaxation class on a Monday evening at 8pm (via Zoom). Cost is £4 payable to PayPal.me/relaxwithkath.
- Getting out in the fresh air is always a good time. Reconnecting with nature. Maybe go for a walk in the woods, in fields etc, maintaining social distance of course.
- Grounding exercise – have you tried the 5,4,3,2,1 exercise- you notice and name to yourself 5 different things that you can see, 4 different things that you can touch (on you or within your immediate area), 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing that you can taste. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
Here are some of my favourite books for children:
Check out the links above to see which works best for you. I personally love Hey Warrior! has it has a really understandable story for children to get to know how their brain works. (It’s currently unavailable but keep your eye on it as it may come back into stock at some point.)
Please note that some of these links are affiliate links. I earn a small commission for recommending the books (you won’t pay extra).