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Most of the times we don’t even understand how much goes on inside our child’s mind. It’s unfortunate that we as parents can’t take away all these worries. However, we can equip them with a tool that will help them manage the anxiousness and fears better - Breathing
Kids have a vivid imagination. The ghost under the bed or the man in the closet is a common reason we hear that makes them scared of sleeping. Apart from that, their brain activity is so hyper that it worries them immensely.
Do the following bedtime meditation routine with your child to help them get a comfortable sleep:
Lie in bed, all snuggled up with your little one.
Ask them to close their eyes and place their hands on their belly.
Ask them to imagine that their tummies are a balloon.
Inhale and feel the balloon filling their hands. Exhale and feel the balloon deflating. Repeat 5-6 time - filling and emptying the balloon each time.
As they do so, ask them to fill the balloon with all the anxiousness and worries of the day, every troublesome thought and nagging fear.
Now, ask them to send the balloon off to the sky, each time they exhale.
They should notice all the details of the balloon as it floats away - the size, the colour, the way it dances in the air, where it is going, and how it disappears among the stars.
We underestimate the calming qualities of breathing. It acts as an anchor to your child’s mind and eases their physical, emotional, and mental worries. Since mediation is a personal act, let your child fill his/her balloons with whatever they want. There will come a time when their fears will be quelled.
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