Meditation for Children

child-meditating-sc
The stressful situations are building as anxiety and depression rates has been increasing among adolescents and toddlers.

Katrina Jensen, registered nurse for Intermountain Moms, appeared on KUTV to talk about this topic. One culprit of increased anxiety could be technology and electronic could be a culprit to some of the anxiety cases rise. Jensen said to consider that the before when you watched a TV show, when it ended, you turned off the television.

“And now we can binge watch Netflix. We can do the same with all these shows – it just never ends,” Jensen said. “So the anxiety and the tension for children is really becoming an issue.”

Anxiety Symptoms:

In addition to the primary symptoms of irrational and excessive fear and worry, other common emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Watching for signs of danger

RELATED: The Physical Side of Anxiety

One mindfulness exercise is belly breathing. Place your hands on your stomach and take deep, slow breaths in and then out to expand the stomach and hands outwards. The focus become on the breath and instead of all the worries that can weigh an adult, or child, down.

“It forces you to be present. So two or three times, several times a day, if kids are anxious at school, getting ready for a test, if they are having a stressful experience, that’s just one of the simple things,” Jensen said.

Here are some recommendations for how long to have practice belly breathing:

  • Preschool age: A few minutes per day
  • Grade school age: 3-10 minutes twice per day
  • Teens: 5-45 minutes per day

There is also the same formal meditation and yoga that kids can use to help ease their minds.

Watch Katrina Jensen speaking about these tips on Check Your Health on KUTV.

For more information, visit KUTV's Baby Your Baby site.