Is your child struggling to complete with assignments on a daily basis? By engaging in relaxation activities, they will feel re-energised and become more productive when they return to their work. Here are five relaxation activities that will help your children relieve stress!
Have you been putting up with complaints from your children about stress due to schoolwork?
Are your children struggling to cope with assignments that have to be completed on a daily basis?
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Given the heavy emphasis on academics in society today, such complaints and observations are inevitable. Sometimes, children just need a break to recharge and recuperate! By engaging in relaxation activities, they will feel re-energised and become more productive when they return to their work.
Relaxation Activity #1: Exercising/ Playing Sports
Exercising and doing sports are activities that have been proven to relieve stress. They are not only fun but also have added perks that will be highly beneficial to your children as well.
Regardless of what types of exercise or sports your child is interested in, physical activity will stimulate the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals released in the brain that provoke a “happy” or “feel-good” reaction; therefore, taking a short break to engage in sports or exercise will actually brighten up your child’s mood and relieve his or her built-up stress and tension.
Sports and exercise also have the added benefit of improving the physical health, as well as the quality of sleep of your children. A relaxation activity like this could eventually turn out to be a healthy lifestyle habit.
If your children are interested in sports or enjoy exercising as a leisure activity, you should definitely encourage or remind them to get their regular dose of physical activity. If not, it would be a great idea to introduce some workouts to them or to get them to pick up a new sport.
Relaxation Activity #2: Listening To Music
Listening to music can help your children relax. When children listen to music that they enjoy, they develop an overall sense of well-being and also get into a positive mood. Music also has a unique link to our emotions, which is why it’s not hard to see how music can be an effective stress management tool.
If your child is particularly plagued by stress, it might be advisable to recommend soothing, quiet classical music to them. This is because this type of music slows the heart rate down and reduces blood pressure, which will result in a decreased level of stress hormones. However, if your child has a particular preference for a certain genre of music, you should not restrict their choices. Being a relaxation activity, it is important that your child enjoys the music that he or she listens to.
If your child is uninitiated into the world of music, it may very well be a wise choice to introduce it to them.
Relaxation Activity #3: Deep Breathing
Deep breathing is a simple activity that can help your child relieve stress. The greatest advantage of deep breathing is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. It is also not time-consuming and will give your child a quick way to re-organise his or her thoughts.
Here are four simple steps:
- Take in a deep breath slowly.
- Hold the breath for a short while.
- Release the breath slowly.
- Repeats steps 1 to 3 as necessary.
Deep breathing lowers the heart rate and blood pressure, and will also give your child the feeling of being in control. Although the effects of deep breathing may not seem particularly significant at first, after your child develops the habit of utilising deep breathing, it will definitely become a useful activity that your child can use to relax and calm himself/herself down any time!
Relaxation Activity #4: Eat Healthy Snacks
At first glance, eating as a relaxation activity might seem potentially harmful to health. However, that is only true if your child overeats and snacks on the wrong types of food! Providing certain healthy but delicious foods in moderate amounts will definitely help to relieve some of your children’s stress.
Here are some snacks you can provide for your children:
- Dark chocolate or dark chocolate covered with almonds: a 2009 study by Swiss researchers showed that eating dark chocolate reduces stress hormone levels as well as blood pressure. Almonds are also healthy and high in nutrients, and provide “good-for-you” monounsaturated fat, which another study linked to reduced rates of depression.
- Oatmeal with cinnamon and honey: oatmeal is packed with fibre, which digests slowly and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar. Oatmeal also boosts the production of serotonin, a “feel-good” hormone. Honey boosts immunity, and cinnamon has been shown to ease frustration and improve alertness and focus.
Other than these, I’m sure any healthy snacks that your children enjoy would be much appreciated by them and will help to relieve some of their stress!
Relaxation Activity #5: Doodling
Doodling is the simple act of taking a piece of paper and a pen or pencil to draw anything that’s on your mind. It can take the form of pictures, patterns, designs and even words! Doodling will allow your children to visualise and control what’s on their mind at the moment and allow them to express their creativity. Doodling has been shown to relieve stress and also improve the ability to notice and remember details. This is because drawing or doodling uses certain visual processes in the brain that might otherwise be used for daydreaming. Therefore, doodling can not only help your children relieve stress but also improve their concentration when they return to their work!
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One last note…
All in all, the old adage “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” should be kept in mind.
High stress levels will not only decrease productivity for your children but also have a negative impact on your children’s overall mental health. Recommending some of these relaxation activities will definitely help you to play a part in managing your children’s stress levels!
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