Try one of these relaxation techniques to help tweens and teens slow down.
Most people think of toddlers when they think about kids who need to slow down.
But tweens and teens are some of the most active age groups with the most stress.
Stress, depression, and anxiety are at all-time highs for tweens and teens.
No one needs to do all the things, yet kids today are involved in so many activities they don’t have time to just be.
To learn to embrace the quiet.
Many kids need to have fewer activities or at least have some quiet time to themselves.
For some, it will be a perfect addition to their evening routine before bed.
For others, in the morning before the day gets crazy will be the best benefit.
Even still maybe in the middle, after school. After the chaos of being out in the world, before they transition to family time will do the most good.
So what can kids do to slow down, relieve stress and connect with who they are becoming?
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#1 Meditation to calm the mind.
Guided meditations are a great way to learn to focus inward and listen to their bodies.
We recently found a FREE phone app we like called Stop, Breathe & Think.
There is an upgrade to a paid version. But we like the free version just fine.
It starts a Check-In about your mood right now.
Then gives you some ideas on which mindfulness session that best fits.
You also have the option of choosing one, say for example if you were going to get ready to sleep or wanted to energize your day.
#2 Yoga for kids
It can also be a nice way to connect with your tween by doing yoga together either at the gym or at home.
No need to purchase anything, for all types try…
- The on-demand section of your cable offerings
- Your local library
- Amazon Prime Videos (although some are paid with a subscription, there are free ones too) Don’t have Amazon Prime? Get a 30-Day Free Trial.
Find one they like and stick with it or mix it up and try something new.
Yoga is a great activity to do together and help everyone relax.
Who doesn’t need that?
#3 Coloring is the new meditation
With the explosion of the adult coloring phase, more and more people of all ages are taking up coloring again.
Doctors offices or other places that are filled with people often cause people to feel agitated, me included.
But armed with a coloring book and a great set of colored pencils you can take this relaxation technique anywhere.
I thought about including drawing in this post too but I started thinking about how my son or daughter might feel about it.
For some kids, drawing, painting, and even coloring for that matter could bring out feelings of perfectionism which would be stressful.
So consider whether they could doodle and enjoy it as a way to relax or if they would indeed feel overwhelmed.
I like the newer styles of coloring books.
For kids (and adults) who struggle with perfectionism, there’s no decision making, no need for an outcome like what a drawing “should look like” or what color something “should be”.
Believe it or not, there are some really crappy colored pencils out there.
And that’s just not fun.
So decent pencils and a sharpener make a difference too.
The goal is to make coloring relaxing, not stressful.
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#4 Journaling to slow it down
Diaries and journals with prompts to get you going are wonderful ways to get their thoughts out of their head. Even a plain old notebook will do. There is no wrong way.
Bullet journals can be a neat combination of journal, doodles, dreams, and habit tracking all in one. They can be as simple or as detailed as they’d like.
It can be a fun D.I.Y. activity to design their own.
There are thousands of examples on Pinterest. My board D.I.Y. ACTIVITIES for Tweens and Teens has many ideas.
#5 Reading to relax
Good old fashioned reading had to make the list right?
My kids love this book so much we get it every year.
Some kids never outgrow the love of reading, I didn’t.
But for kids who find all sorts of reasons that they don’t enjoy reading, try reading to them no matter their age.
Some of my kids favorite times were when I read to them even as older kids.
How about audiobooks if they really need some alone time?
WonderSmileThe Boy’s Book of Adventure: The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful BoysThe Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13)Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4)National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 (National Geographic Almanacs)Homeward Bound: The Incredible JourneyAre You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Paperback) – Common
More ideas for slowing things down
I love this idea from Sandi over at Happy Science Mom. She suggests using these foods that are naturally calming.
Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, word search, solitaire (yes, with real playing cards 😉
Crafts like knitting can be great if they’ve already learned so it doesn’t crop up those perfectionism gremlins.
And as much as it is an annoying fad, slime is another relaxation technique.
I really do need a slime recipe on this blog, maybe someday.
Just take it from me and clean all hands and containers first before hitting the sink.
I think that’s why the drain was soooo slow.
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