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The importance of relaxation in children and teenagers.


At the current moment in society is living, we are constantly subjected to a lot of pressure and demand, both social and personal, that leads us to a state of permanent stress. Children and tennagers are not unaware of this situation and are also victims of states of anxiety and depression, caused by daily activity, school, family dynamics etc. For that reason it is very important, from a young age, provide them with relaxing experiences and gradually through special techniques, make them aware of the importance of relaxing both physically and mentally, this helps them to have better social relationships, overcome shyness, strengthen their self-esteem and react efficiently to the anguish, sadness and those emotions that cause discomfort.


As parents, it is important to analyze those circumstances and attitudes of ours, which produce stress and discomfort in children and teenagers, how we relate to them, how we exercise authority, our tone of voice, etc.

There are very effective relaxation techniques to work with the little ones, for example:

Massages


Using scented oils, massages are performed throughout the body with gentle movements and connecting affectively with the child, muttering loving words or a song.

Jacobson’s Progressive Relaxation Method


This is one of the most widely used methods worldwide. It is based on relaxation from the contraction of the muscles in order to relax them afterwards. The children lie down on the floor in a suitable place for it and we will tell them to tense and relax different parts of the body. You can start with individual parts, with wide groups: hands, arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, nose. Gradually, the different muscle groups can be grouped together. We’ll tell them to press to feel the tension and after a few seconds, release to notice the bloating.

Balloon Activity


We must ask children to become balloons. To do this, they must both inflate and deflate by imitating balloons.

Breathing techniques


One of the easiest relaxation techniques is to concentrate on breathing, consciously realizing inspiration and exhalation. They are asked to sit comfortably in the butterfly position, legs bent to meet feet in the center, they are placed soft music and asked to breathe deeply through the nose, counting up to 4, retain the air counting up to seven and exhale through the mouth, Counting up to eight, this technique is