Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Relax Kids is an award-winning* mental health initiative that supports children’s emotional and mental well-being through simple relaxation techniques that soothe and calm the nervous system. A Relax Kids class consists of 7 stages, each is a research-based techniques. Using them in the Relax Kids class order works with children’s natural energy and so encourages a deep sense of calm and relaxation by the end of the programme.
There are a number of ways you can introduce relaxation and mindfulness into your home. Introducing a routine of relaxation will bring a wealth of benefits for you and your child.
This is often one of the most stressful times in the day. Introducing just 2 mins relaxation, it will help set your child on the right track, for a relaxed and positive day.
Waking - Can they lie very still and think about all the wonderful things they want to do that day?
Morning Relax - Try a Relax Kids track from one of our CDs for a short relaxation Stretch - Stretching up and back will help clear away any cobwebs from their sleep and give them an energy boost.
Mindful walking - If you walk to school, try some mindful walking. Ask your child to notice everything as they walk. Notice the sights and sounds.
Shower Power - As children take a shower, ask them to imagine the water is washing away all their stress and anxiety.
Pick a Card - Try the Relax Kids Star Cards or Mood Cards or download some printable cards from our website. Children can choose a card to give them a positive focus for the day.
Breathe - Take in a deep breath into the tummy and breathe out slowly. This is a simple exercise and can be done on the way to school, in the car or walking.
Stretch - Bending forward (sitting on the floor or standing) helps aid relaxation. Try this for a few moments.
Chat - Ask children how their day went. Talk about their stresses and worries. They could put their worries in a worry box or write or draw to get their anxiety out.
Take some Time Out - not as a punishment but to take a brain break after school. Let them relax on the sofa and listen to some music or enjoy a shoulder or hand rub. You might like to play one of the Relax Kids CDs.
Chill Out Zone - Build a simple relaxation area with blankets and cushions. Children can go here when they need to relax, read a book, be mindful, meditate or listen to music.
Weekly Class - Send your child to a weekly Relax Kids class to give those tools and skills for life.
Finish the day with a nice relaxation session to ensure your child sleeps well. You can read from one of the Relax Kids books or play a CD. Let your child get into a comfortable position as they sink into the bed and relax for a blissful night’s sleep.
Relax Kids aims to give children access to a variety of simple, yet effective techniques for relaxation, mindfulness and stress management that are developed to be used at any time of the day and the throughout the Child's lifetime!