3 Meditations to Help Little Kids Handle Big Emotions
As anxiety and depression in kids continues to be on the rise, we wanted to share these 3 easy-to-implement meditations from Parents that will help your child (and you) navigate challenging days.
If Your Child Feels Angry (Strawberry Smoothie Meditation)
- Imagine you’re holding a cold strawberry smoothie with a long, twirly straw in your hands.
- Make an O shape with your lips and put the straw in your mouth.
- Take a long, slow sip through the straw as you inhale:
- Close your mouth and slowly breathe out through your nose.
- Take as many sips of the smoothie as you need—you can even close your eyes—until the anger goes away.
If Your Child Feels Disappointed (Happy Dragon Deep Breaths)
- When a dragon breathes, his tummy gets really big. Imagine that as you breathe in through your nose to fill your tummy with lots of air.
- When your tummy is full of air, say “Haaa” as you breathe out through your mouth to get rid of sad feelings and bring your tummy back to its normal size.
- Take another deep breath in, and this time, let out a longer and louder breath: “HAAAA!”
- Try it again with your eyes closed. If you still feel upset, do it a few more times.
If Your Child Feels Worried (Stop-Sign Meditation)
- Stretch your right hand out in front of your like a big stop sign.
- Take a deep breath through your nose as you use your left pointer finger to trace up your right thumb. Stop at the top and hold your breath for a moment.
- Then trace down your thumb slowly while breathing through your mouth and saying “Aaaaah.”
- Keep tracing up and down all of your fingers until you have finished tracing your whole hand.
- Now trace your other hand, but this time with your eyes closed. Don’t forget to breathe!
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