How to Help Your Kids Find Inner Peace?

For many parents, it’s common to have children who experience different levels of anxiety and stress. It can often be disheartening to see your kids feel anxious or worried at such a young age. When you want to help your kids find inner peace, there are a few essential steps to take.

Set the Example

Kids follow our lead when it comes to how they handle stress each day, making it necessary to set the example. Remain calm in stressful situations and practice breathing methods to slow your heart rate. Avoid yelling, crying, or fretting in challenging circumstances, which will teach your child the wrong way to respond when encountering stressful situations.

Unplug from Technology

Make it a point to limit how much your child is connected to technology, whether they’re surfing the Internet or are watching movies on their tablet. Too much time on electronics can cause them to become overstimulated, making it necessary to set rules and boundaries that protect their emotional well-being.

When your child has the freedom and luxury of spending time on their electronics, download apps that will continue to promote peace. The apps can promote sleep and will allow them to stay calm. Everything from meditation tracks to inspirational affirmations is available, which will slow down your child’s body and mind when used each day.

Establish Quiet Time

Consider creating quiet time with your child where you can spend an hour reading, writing, or drawing without making any noise. Quiet time will allow your child to slow down and practice times where they have peace throughout the day, which can reduce their stress levels.

Create a quiet corner in a playroom or living room where the child can have personal space and slow down. You can add a few pillows to the area to make it easy for the child to relax and unwind in a comfortable setting that is cozy. Add a blanket and headphones where they can listen to slow-paced music and focus on their inner peace without any distractions.

You can also create a place where they can relax outside while still having peace. Choose a spot under a tree where they can sit and listen to the birds chirp. Adding a hammock will also help them take a nap or enjoy staring at the sky as they reflect on their day. Creating a space for them to slow down will make them have more of an appreciation and a need for their alone time.

Offer Encouragement

Encourage your child with affirmation each day to help them feel more confident in who they are as an individual as they spend time in the outside world. Anxiety in children is common when they begin to develop and are unsure of how to interact socially with different surroundings. Make it a point to encourage your child and point out their unique giftings, which will allow them to feel better about themselves.

Your encouragement will offer support to your child and can silence any negative thoughts that they have throughout the day when they spend time with their peers. Teaching them how to speak positively about and to themselves can also offer relief on days where they may be feeling insecure or incompetent.

Although you may not be able to have complete control over your child’s emotions, there are still ways that you can influence the amount of peace that they experience on a day-to-day basis. By taking the right steps, you can foster your child’s development and allow them to grow into a calm and composed individual.


How to Overcome Anxiety in the Digital World

Technological advancements in the areas of communication have given us the ability to process colossal amounts of information in a short period of time. Smartphones and tablets ensure that you are constantly in touch with the world around you and your many social networks.

Recently a hot topic of discussion has been the impact that this massive degree of stimulation has on our mental health and cognitive abilities. The way we observe and react to events in our world has been revolutionised with the emergence of social media and instant news updates.

While this constant flow of information is beneficial in many ways, there is some evidence that this overload can affect the individual’s physical and mental well-being.  By understanding the human emotions of fear and anxiety, we can learn how to deal with anxiety and fear in today’s age.

Causes of Anxiety and Worry

The human mind is complex and can only process a few tasks at a time consciously. The rest of these tasks are filed away to be completed at a later date. If there are too many tasks to be completed, the mind starts to feel overwhelmed, “thinking” of all the things left pending.

This causes the mind to obsess over the unfinished tasks, only stopping once they are complete. This sense of helplessness and anxiety is only enhanced by technology.

A classic example is something you will come across each day with your smartphone. The minute you see a notification on your phone, whether it’s a message, an alert or an email, you probably experience a strong urge to check it and tick it off your list.  This is the mind experiencing anxiety over getting things done.

Unfortunately, most of us can’t have all our tasks finished at all times. Some things can take longer, and some require collaboration and the participation of others. This causes the task to remain unfinished in the mind. In such a situation your mind will remind you constantly of the task and create anxiety over the things left undone. Your stress levels get even worse when you try to juggle too many tasks at the same time. This can result in a loss of productivity and even keep you up at night.

Ways to Tackle Anxiety

Fortunately, there are small steps you can take to deal with the overload of stimuli and stress. Follow some of these habits to start feeling less overwhelmed, one day at a time.

1. Ensure You Get a Good Amount of Quality Sleep

Sleep is possibly the most important factor when it comes to your mental and physical well-being. But it’s not just about the amount of sleep you get, but also the quality of sleep. Following a few steps before hitting the sack can significantly enhance your sleep quality. Eliminate caffeine completely after 5 pm and stop using all forms of electronic media at least half an hour before bed. Keep your phone away from your pillow and keep your room dark and cool.

2. Get Any Negative Stimuli Out Of Your Life

If there is something or someone that brings negativity into your life, it may be time to say goodbye to it. If you interact with someone online who regularly uploads negative comments or posts, unfollow them. Watching the news can be depressing, so it is better not to watch it if it brings you down.

3. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

It’s a good idea to avoid anxiety triggering foods such as sugar and coffee. Caffeine prompts the release of adrenaline which stimulates a fight or flight response in the brain. This can induce nervousness and aggravate symptoms of anxiety.  If you can’t cut these out completely, try to limit your intake. Also stay away from junk food and eat wholesome meals comprising of veggies, protein, and healthy carbs. Avoid alcohol. Never skip breakfast and indulge in snacks like nuts and berries.

4. Take Up a Sport or Engage In a Workout That You Enjoy

Following a workout routine every day has numerous benefits for your body and the mind. Taking up an activity such as running will not only help keep you physically fit but also have a meditative effect on your mind.  In this digital age, there are a number of accessories that you can use to increase the effectiveness of your workouts such as fitness trackers and even virtual reality headsets!

Finding Peace and Joy 

Our mental health can affect everything from how we feel about ourselves to our relationships with others. Your thoughts are conscious decisions you make every day, so try to stay positive and optimistic. Try some of the tips mentioned above, and you’ll be able to find peace and joy in this fast-paced digital world. For more tips on overcoming anxiety take a look at the infographic below.

Rising Levels of Anxiety In A Digital World

How to Reduce Anxiety?

Does your wandering mind create anxiety?

Can you recall the last time you felt anxious? What was that related to? How did you feel at that moment? We all go from time to time to short-term anxiety. Is this useful, I would ask? Does being anxious help you better cope with ambiguity and clarity? That is a question for you to let sink and observe what happens in your daily life.

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