Today I have a guest blog by Gitte Winter Graugaard
Every day our children are bombarded with impressions and impulses. Screens, the internet, over-scheduling of activities, information (over) flow and overload, divorced parents, a life split between two homes, and long packed school days – all this has a great influence on our children and statistics are on the rise: more children than ever before suffer from stress, depression, anxiety and sadness. Quite without realising we ask a lot of our children. And for some the pressure is all too great and the world can seem so frightening that anxiety becomes an all too familiar companion whenever an unfamiliar experience presents itself or a new adventure comes knocking at the door.
Here are a few tips to guide your child through anxiety and meditations.
- Pick a time when you feel good and have energy to help your child deal with a new method to fall asleep.
- Stay calm and loving in your energy even if your child has difficulties with the new method. Your energy, mood and way of communicating with your child highly affect how quickly he/she calms down.
- Turn off all screens two hours before bedtime.
- Lay down next to your child and show him/her you have time to read the book in a calm and cosy way. Snuggle up. And if you fall asleep yourself, you might need just that.
- Talk to your child about the experience with meditation. Listen – there is a lot to learn. Encourage your child to draw the images or feelings he/she sees or experiences during meditation.
Children should be free to embrace adventure and if anxiety is holding them back, meditation can help them overcome their initial fears and be part of the activities ahead of them. Too often anxiety makes children miss out on activities they would love participate in. Meditation encourages them to let go of their troubles, control their breathing and become aware of their conscious and unconscious thoughts and face their fears. It can help them to connect with their inner Self, and as with adults, regain vital perspective. In short, meditation enables children to understand their inner world and face their anxieties in a way that shrinks their anxiety monsters and makes them easier to live with.
Now available in the UK “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart” is available from www.amazon.co.uk priced £14.95 for a hard copy, £4.97 for a kindle copy, and £5.09 for a pdf download from www.roomforreflection.com.