The other day, I overheard my daughters talking about “the stress” they are under. Stress to do well at school and pass exams, stress to it in and be accepted by peers and stress from me to keep their room tidy and do their homework.
In today’s blog, we look at four ways yoga helps your son/daughter deal with worry and stress.
According to one of my daughters, “parents stress out their children and the sad thing is they (parents) don’t even realise what they are doing”. (ouch…i said to myself)
The Problems of The Youth
Added to this, with all the talk in the media about the recent riots in UK, by “the youth”, it feels like society view all teens as gang members, looking for trouble or just wasting their time and not making the most of opportunities coming their way.
How Can You Support Your Teenorries To Overcome Their Worries?
With so much pressure coming from all directions, what can you do to help your teen cope with their anxieties and worries?
How can you encourage them to find balance and inner harmony in a world that seems bent on over-stimulating and dominating your child’s spirit?
Parents Are Also Under Stress!
As a parent, you are well aware of the effects of worry and stress. You may even be under pressure yourself as you try and juggle the demands of parenting, cope with financial pressures and manage a never ending work load.
As a parent you are probably tired and much as you want to, just don’t have the energy or time to constantly “Be There” for your teen and to give them support and counsel when needed.
Four Ways Yoga Helps Teens Cope With Stress
Here, in no particular order are four reasons why yoga helps teens deal with the pressures they face today.
1. Yoga deep breathing exercises help to ease nervous tension and help to keep your brain and nervous system functioning harmoniously.
No matter how hard you try and protect your children, you have to accept that there will be times when they have to deal with tense situations without your support.
Learning how to be calm and control their emotions, and not show their fear in the face of adversity, through quick yogic breathing exercises can literally save your child’s life. All too often, a “wrong look” can spark a fight. So the calmer, more poised and aware your son or daughter is, the easier it is for them to sense impending danger and act accordingly.
2. Yoga exercises help to improve posture, increase joint flexibility and strengthen your spine.
A strong healthy body gives your son/daughter a solid foundation as they approach young adulthood.
All too often, teens, especially girl’s drop out of sports when puberty kicks in. Yoga, with its approach on gentle exercise helps to maintain a healthy interest in exercise and healthy living.
3. Healthier Food Choices
As your child grows through their teens and into young adulthood, their dietary habits change. Try as you might it becomes more challenging to sit with your daughter at every meal and ensure they eat a balanced diet.
Poor nutritional choices can have an adverse effect on your son’s/daughter’s blood-sugar level and other hormonal imbalances.
Yoga poses, especially the twisting poses massages the internal organs and helps to ease energy blockages which may cause headaches and digestive disorders.
4. Yoga poses and relaxation techniques encourage your teen to become more body aware and in tune with their inner world.
All too often your son/daughter is bombarded with external stimulus designed to entice and take them away from exploring their inner world.
Yoga actively encourages you to tune in and sense what is going on inside and to feel comfortable in their own skin.
During their teen years your child requires a health and wellbeing programme that can easily slip into their busy lives. Yoga offers your son a simple, easy to do set of healthy self help techniques that will last him a lifetime.
Give Your Child A Solid Foundation To Spring From
Give your child a head start in life and introduce them to the joys of yoga and know you are also helping them to learn how to deal with stress and be calm, clear and confident in all situations
And if you are looking for ways to add yoga into your family routine, my popular ebook “A Woman’s Book Of Yoga-A Guide To Relax And Nourish Your Body And Soul” has a section of easy yoga poses your son/daughter can do by themselves or together with you to unwind and calm down after a busy day at school.
To order your copy visit http://yogainspires.co.uk/yoga-for-stress-management-a-practical-guide-for-working-women/
Take care, be happy and be well
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