This can be the most stressful time of year for children. They are struggling to get used to the demands of school, coping with seasonal colds or flus, and trying to overcome their annual Halloween candy overdose. Given all these distractions, who can blame them for losing a little focus and getting a little stressed?
Parents are stressed, too. The days are shorter and there seems to be less time and more to do. It’s also time to start thinking (or if you are like me…worrying) about what to do for Thanksgiving and what to get your loved ones for Christmas.
Well, some of you might think I am crazy, but I think taking a few minutes to meditate with your children can be all the remedy needed for conquering the pre-holiday season.
You can meditate anywhere, but one of my favorite places to meditate is in my yoga class. I have been doing yoga for about 15 years. When I get really grumpy and stressed my husband sends me to yoga right away, and I have to admit when I get home I am happier and easier to deal with.
When I am in a yoga class, and concentrating on meditation, I leave all my problems and cares for an hour or so and I feel I can do more after I am done.
Children can tell when their parents are stressed and on edge. When parents understand the art of meditation they pass it on to their children. This can really help them in their everyday lives and make coping with stress a lot easier.
I have taught my children to meditate and especially how to stay calm through breathing techniques. When we do this we communicate better and we stay more calm in the home.
Benefits For A Child To Meditate
1. They have less anxiety at school or in uncomfortable situations
2.Their mind is sharp and more clear at school and when doing homework
3.It can help with anger and self control problems
4.It helps with self esteem
5. They are more relaxed
My daughter gets anxiety before testing or speaking in front of groups. When I meditate with her, she learns to take deep breathes-in and out-and it helps her to stay calm.
Like all things in life, parents can teach by example. Once your children see you meditate and they see how calm and happy you are, they will most likely follow.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate.
Here Is How We Meditate
1. Cross your legs
2. Put your hands together
3. Take a few deep breathes
4. Close your eyes
5. NO LAUGHING! (I always get a smile or a laugh when I say that)
Here Are Some Meditating Tips
1. Use a timer depending on your childs age. 3-5 minutes is great for a beginner.
2. Buy a meditating journal. Close your eyes for a couple of minutes and then open your eyes and write down all the sounds you heard and things you thought about.
3. Tell you children a story about a favorite time you had on a hike or at the beach. They will keep very still and quiet when you are telling them an exciting adventure you had.
4. Remind them to breathe slowly in and out during the story.
5. Make your teens get involved. This could help them with stress and self esteem.
We live in a world with so much technology that is is amazing to turn it off and just have some peace and quiet with our families. Even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes a day.
doTerra is also amazing for calming the body and mind. The easiest way of putting a fine mist of the whole oil into the air for inhalation is to use a nebulizing diffuser. When diffused, essential oils have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and to help create greater physical and emotional harmony.
When using the oils on children and infants it is important to dilute the pure essential oils.
Here are some oils that could be helpful with stresses in your everyday life.
Anxiety and Stress=Lavender, orange, lemon, In Tune, Serenity, ylang ylang, elevation, and frankincense.
Calming=melissa, Citrus bliss, Lavender, In Tune
For more information about essential oils and to find out why we LOVE them for healing, cleaning, etc., click here.
Check out this book on bedtime meditation for kids.
If you are a beginner, a great to start a routine is trying Oprah and Deepak’s 21 day meditation challenge. You can find more information here.
Now who’s ready for a zen like holiday Season?
How do you meditate with your family and friends?