Are there benefits and advantages to starting a family relaxation habit?
I believe that there are.
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I first investigated the benefits of meditation and relaxations for children when my son had recurring night terrors. He had anxiety at school, low self-esteem and had trouble focussing on well just about anything. I already meditated on a regular basis and used guided relaxations, they helped with stress levels, maintaining focus and sleep patterns.
During the bedtime routine I would make up and relay breathing and relaxation exercises for him. Gradually the guided breathing and relaxations helped him to have more restful sleep which in turn had a positive effect on the day time problems.
Fast forward a few years and he has a younger sister who has additional needs of which anxiety is a side effect. She also has disturbed sleep patterns. I first introduced bedtime relaxations to her from the age of about 2 and here we are 5 years later every evening at bedtime I will make up a short relaxation for her. This night time routine has given both my children, better nights sleep, control during stressful times, the ability to calm themselves quickly after tantrums, disagreements and such. The knowledge of the importance of breath and quiet activities.
Due to the positive effects of the bedtime relaxations I wanted to share with other families and introduce the possibility of regular relaxations that the whole family can join in. I therefore created the 28 family relaxation activities.
It is an e-book exercises in for families to do together. Scripted relaxations to follow and other suggestions for family connections. A parent cloud with hints and tips. There are affirmations to help the family keep focus on that days activity too.
Who is it for?
The guide is for all families, I would suggest ages from 3-10 will get most benefit but I have some families with a wider age range. Obviously for younger children you may have to adapt some of the language used. I have found that older children enjoy reading the activities for the rest of the family.
Do the activities have to be carried out everyday?
No, but ideally for the first 28 days to build the habit and see / feel the benefits.
Do they have to be carried out at night time?
Not at all whenever fits in with the family routine. You may wish to introduce some of the relaxations at bedtime, but that is your choice
How can I get the e-book?
Registration is easy – click on the image of the book and complete the registration form.