Building well-being practices in the routine part 2 – Aajol

Building well-being practices in the routine part 2

The best way to build wellbeing practices into our child’s routines is to also build them into our routine. Here are some practices.

Imbibing love in the body:

We can build a massage into the daily routine of our child wherein as we massage each body part of our child with all the love in our heart that we hold for them, we can express love and gratitude for a couple of body parts every day. Eg. thanking the legs of the child for helping them run around and have fun.

The same activity can be done for self as well.

Thanking food:

We can make sure we thank (out loud) the food our child eats for nourishing our bodies and minds every time the child eats. The same activity can be done for self as well. Practising gratitude is strongly associated with accessing wellbeing.

Deep breathing:

We can teach our child to take conscious deep breaths. We can also remind them to take deep breaths multiple times in a day. This forms a conscious connection with the breath which is directly connected to the body and the mind. This builds the foundation for techniques that help self-soothe, stress/anxiety management, letting go, dealing with anger, fear and so on. A full deep breath includes filling one’s belly, one’s chest and shoulders with the breath and gradually breathing out. The same activity can be done for self as well.

Activity:

What can you use as reminders for yourself to model and apply the wellbeing practices for your children?

What other practices do you follow which your child can apply too?

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