Children’s Day: Best Bedtime Meditations For Kids
Ever tried putting a child to bed? It’s the toughest job in the world! But introduce your children to meditation, and you will help them sleep better, and be well-rounded individuals tomorrow.
Sleep trouble is not a thing of just the grown ups. Kids can face sleeping troubles, especially during toddler years when you are too excited to explore the world around them. Bedtime can turn into a battlefield when these little humans don’t abide by the clock. There are many tried and tested methods that seem to work in such situations. These include setting an individualized bedtime routine, setting a wake up time, creating a consistent bedtime routine and turning gadgets and television sets off at least 2 hours before bedtime. It also helps when you create a sleep inducing environment by reading bedtime stories, avoiding activities and games that cause them to be too excited and restricting foods that contain caffeine and sugar. In addition, there are many meditation techniques that seem to help in putting your little one to sleep.
Meditation and kids? Sounds like something that’s next to impossible to achieve, but given our hyper-sensory environment and excessive stimulation through the day, most children find it extremely tough to wind down for the night. With these meditations for children, you can help your children stay zen before they sleep at night.
This is the age when children find it hard to sit still, let alone focus and unwind after a busy day. If you have a child in this age group, you need to help them make the conscious decision to start switching off and relaxing, as bedtime gets closer. Try and get them to talk about their emotions, what’s happened through the day, and help them de-stress at their level. A book or two, and some quiet time (between 45 seconds and 2 minutes) also works as kids’ meditation, and keeps them grounded.
Over 6 Years
Always remember that stillness is not a concept that comes easy to children, and as a parent, you need to help them achieve that goal of total relaxation. With children over 6, this can be achieved through several methods. For example, you can play a quick wind-down game with them. Make them lie down with their eyes closed and then starting from the toes, work your way up as they say goodnight to each body part. Sometimes, giving them an object or a soft toy to hold onto also helps them get into a relaxed, meditative frame that is essential at this hour.
The power of music
Music has the power to lull one into a trance, and help with relaxation. You can seat your child, or make them lie down, and then play some soothing music to them. The other way to do this is by getting them to hum a tune or sing a song in their heads, while touching the tips of all their fingers simultaneously. This will help them focus and meditate. Children of all ages can do this.
Taking deep breaths
This may seem harder than it is. Children too need to, at some stage, become aware of the power of breathing right. Get them to listen to their own breathing, count their breaths, and try and gradually take longer breaths. Nothing like heightened awareness about a process that is natural and basic, but responsible for helping relieve a lot of their anxiety and fidgeting.