For an adult, dealing with anxiety is not an easy task, much less for a child. Parents in particular can sometimes feel overwhelmed as they reach a point where they think nothing is working as their attempts to calm their child are in vain.
When despair occurs, it is important that parents put themselves in the child’s place, which does not mean that they have to tolerate disruptive behaviors but they need to understand that the child does not act impulsively because he is disobedient or likes to be contrary, but because it fails to control anxiety. In these cases, having some breathing techniques and games to help the child relieve anxiety and impulsivity can also be of great help.
Breathing techniques are based, as the name implies, on conscious control of the breath, which has a huge impact on the child’s metabolism and psyche. When you learn to breathe deeply and regularly, your heart rate and blood pressure drop, while you experience a sense of calm, so that anxiety gradually subsides.
To blow bubbles
Most kids love to blow bubbles, so it won’t be difficult for your child to get motivated by this technique. It is a very simple game that improves your lung capacity, helps you have greater control over your breathing and allows you to relax and control anxiety as it has an effect very similar to that obtained with the diaphragmatic breathing technique.You will need a soap bubble container and a wand and bubble solution, which you can find at any toy store. To apply this technique, just place a little of this solution in the container and ask the little one to insert the wand, dip it in the solution, remove it and blow gently in the direction of it to form bubbles. You can challenge him to form bigger and bigger bubbles since this way he will concentrate more on the activity and his relaxing effect will be greater.
I am a balloon!
In addition, it is very easy to apply so the little one can put it into practice at any time, either at home, in the supermarket or even at school. Ask your child to imagine that it is like a balloon that slowly inflates and deflates.
In fact, you can ask him to look at his abdomen while applying the technique to see how it increases and decreases in volume, just like a balloon. The key is for the little one to breathe out and breathe in slowly and deeply so that they relax as their breathing regulates. To make the technique more fun, you can ask him to open and raise his arms each time he breathes in and to lower them when he exhales.
The Wolf of the Three Little Pigs
The technique is very simple because it is simply about dramatizing the scene in which the wolf tries to tear down the piggy house, but this time with different objects in the house. Ideally, start with heavier objects like a notebook and gradually reduce the weight, for example, with a ball, then a pencil, and finally, something light like a pen. It is a very fun technique that promotes the feeling of calm and well-being in the child, reducing the degree of anxiety and stress.