Self-care is important for everyone, including kids. By teaching kids how to reset, refresh, and prepare for the days ahead, you can help them manage stress and anxiety. Healthy Lombard shares some specific ideas about how kids can practice self-care.
Prioritize Fun Fitness (and Fun Getaways!)
Exercising is an excellent way for kids to release energy and improve their mood. Getting out in nature, playing tag, or shooting some hoops are all fun ways to get kids moving. Enjoying exercise can help them develop a healthy lifestyle that will benefit them for years.
Also, look for ways to simply get away. Spending time with your kids shows them you prioritize and value time invested in them and the family, something they’ll more likely replicate when they’re older. Going to a sports event is a great way for everyone to have fun, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. For example, you can score tickets for the Yankees when they play the Cubs or White Sox by going online and purchasing discounted tickets.
Meditate and Breathe
Help kids learn how to meditate by having them sit still and focus on their breath. Once they’ve mastered that, HealthyChildren.org notes that they can try a guided meditation specifically for kids. Many free apps offer kid-friendly meditations. Join them and let them see that even grown-ups need to take a break and relax. Modeling this behavior will help them feel more comfortable trying it themselves.
Encourage kids to express themselves through art. Art can be an excellent way for kids to process their feelings and work through emotions. It can be as simple as doodling in a notebook or coloring pages. Or they can get more creative with craft supplies and make sculptures, paintings, or collages.
Listen To Music
Music can have a powerful effect on our mood. The Council for Professional Recognition suggests helping kids find music that makes them feel happy and calm. There are tons of great kids’ songs that can encourage positive thinking and self-care. You can even dance along together.