Kids get stressed and kids get anxious. After working with kids and teenagers for the last 15 years through yoga, massage, childcare, and specialised courses, I have found that most kids, at some point, just don’t feel themselves. Between the pressures of school, homework, studying, extracurricular activities, and full schedules, kids and teenagers can feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or just exhausted. Having one or two techniques or tools up your sleeve can be really helpful in managing big feelings whilst at school, home, and out and about.

Different relaxation techniques appeal to different people. Here are some simple techniques that we have found to help kids and teens calm their bodies and their minds. Try them all and see which one is most helpful.

  1. Go to the park or for a walk around the block. Getting into fresh air and nature is a wonderful way to help clear the mind.
  2. Take ten slow deep breaths – count from ten backwards to one. Full breaths down into the belly and exhaling all the way out can help to calm your nervous system.
  3. Take a dog for a walk. Gentle exercise can do wonders for the mind to help calm you down and add a little bit of distraction from the anxiety whirlwind.
  4. Guided relaxation soundtrack or video. Simple meditation and relaxation videos can be found online for free and can be a helpful tool to help relax whether its for bedtime or another time of the day. Find the video or soundtrack that is most helpful so you can use it when you need to.
  5. Yoga and mindfulness. Recent research tells us that yoga and mindfulness can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and help to improve wellbeing and emotional health.
  6. Gentle stretching and exercise. Gentle stretching and movement can help improve body awareness and calm your nervous system.
  7. Massage therapy. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy can be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, reducing blood pressure and heart rate and improving feelings of wellbeing.

Niki is a qualified remedial massage therapist and yoga teacher with many years’ experience working with kids and teens as well as chronic pain and fibromyalgia. If you would like some more information about massage or yoga for your child please contact us at info@uprightcare.com.au or call us 02 8090 8150.