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How to Help Your Child De-Stress

Homework, after-school activities, weekend soccer games…before you know it, you’ve got an overbooked kid on your hands. And when there’s too much to do, it’s harder to accomplish anything. One way to help your child relax: Mindfulness meditation. It can enhance a person’s ability to pay attention and minimize distraction, reports a recent Harvard Medical School study. And fewer distractions make for calmer, more focused kids and tweens, says Kristen Race, Ph.D., a psychologist in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The next time your child is feeling overwhelmed, try this meditation exercise: While sitting upright, have her close her eyes and spend three minutes focusing on inhaling and exhaling. If her mind wanders, tell her to simply bring her attention back to her breath. “Taking a few minutes each day to sit and focus on breathing is a simple act, but it can yield great relaxation benefits,” Race says.

Reprinted from KIWI Magazine

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