The way you respond to your child’s anger will influence how they continue to respond and feel about their angry outburst.
It might be helpful to keep a journal of the times when your child has an outburst or expresses that they are feeling angry or anxious. Also note down what they were doing before the outburst or what they were planning to do prior to their unhappiness.
If you have already worked with children or have your own children/grandchildren then you will know that anything that encourages children to self-regulate their sometimes unsettled emotions is a very helpful skill, especially so in a formal classroom environment where one child’s unsettled emotions can set a few of the other children off as well.
There is growing recognition worldwide that a well-rounded education must involve more than academics and a competitive sports programme. Research has shown that children who participate in regular meditation sessions, cope better during exam time as they are able to call upon their inner calm and improved resilience to see them through.
A direct route into the present moment is through our senses, which is why as parents we should look at different ways of bringing awareness to our senses whilst continuing with everyday life. Remember that when we are being mindful and are in the present moment, at that particular moment…feelings of anxiety are not at the forefront of our thoughts.
Throughout our lives, both children and adults will have periods of un-ease, where we do not sleep well, we lose our appetite, we eat too much, we don’t feel like going to sleep or we want to sleep all day due to fatigue. But the important thing is to learn how to be aware of how we are feeling.
Feeling a little frazzled at work, or worse, feeling completely overwhelmed? I believe stress in the workplace has reached epidemic proportions. Everyone I speak to is stressed and very anxious at work. And I mean everyone. I have yet to speak to someone who feels they are coping well whilst running on this speedy treadmill called life.
It has been reported that more than 70% of children 10yrs and under have sleeping difficulties attributed to feeling stressed. That is a lot of children who are not getting enough good quality sleep.
In an ideal world it would be wonderful to have a spare room which you could de-clutter and convert into a meditation room. In a busy household where space is scarce, you might not be able to “lose an entire room” to the purpose of meditation, but you might be able to create a multi-purpose room which can be used by the whole family.
Next time you or your child feel like bellowing or roaring in frustration at life’s challenges, why not give the lion breath a go. Follow these simple steps and feel your anger melt away. Then enjoy a good laugh.