Time to relax
Breathing is relaxing
Everything starts from breathing. Also our set of relaxing exercises.
Lay down on your back. You do not need a mat. You can lay down on the floor, a carpet or a blanket. Just make yourselves comfortable. Put your legs on chairs or rest them against a wall. Slowly inhale, through your nose. You can close your eyes. While you are exhaling, also through your nose, start smiling.
In case of a psychosomatic disease, such as AD, it is important that your child knows how to reduce stress level, which intensifies the disease’s symptoms. That is why exercises should be performed with no rush. BY making these exercises together with your child, you give him or her safety and support, so much needed to deal with the disease’s symptoms.
Repeat at least 10 times.
Breathing – enhanced version
Lay down on your back. Put a book on your belly. Make sure that the book your child is using is not too heavy. Start the session with at least 10 diaphragmatic breaths. Raising book will show if you are really breathing diaphragmatically. Women usually do not breathe diaphragmatically naturally. If you have a daughter, teach her to breathe diaphragmatically.
Breathing – laughter filled version
Lay down on your back. Let your child lay on you. When you are breathing diaphragmatically, your child will delicately raise. I have not seen a child, who would abstain from laughing during this exercise.
Downward facing dog
You do not have to be a professional yogi, you do not even have to practice yoga, to make one of the most basic yoga exercises. You can lay down on your belly and slowly lift to make a pose, which reminds a downward facing dog. In such pose take at least 10 deep breaths. At the beginning the pose may seem strange or difficult. Your arms may hurt, although that pertains to you rather than you child. Children are perfectly fit to do yoga, almost since birth. Stay in that pose, initially at least for two breaths. You will eventually get to full 10 breaths. Do not force anything.
Playing with a blanket
That game requires a blanket and the biggest room at your home. Your child sits on the blanket, and you slowly pull the blanket. This exercise has excellent effect on concentration and attention of your child, as it is your child that is responsible for keeping the balance. Laughter and great fun are guaranteed.
Balance with a skipping rope
For that game you will need a skipping rope or a piece of string. If you are playing outside – a piece of chalk to draw a line or a stick, if you are playing on sand. Your task is to keep balance while walking along the line. Usually children can keep the balance much better than the parents. Victory strengthens their self confidence, so necessary in everyday life with atopy.
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