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Let’s look at ways meditation can help with anxiety and stress. Anxiety affects approximately 40 million Americans, and meditation, along with therapy and medication, can be a helpful to address anxiety and stress. Anxiety and stress have concrete effects on the physical body, triggering the release of stress hormones and impacting parts of the brain.
3 ways meditation can reduce anxiety and stress
1. Interrupt Negative Thought Patterns. Anyone with anxiety knows the constant stream of negative thoughts racing through one’s mind can lead to even more anxiety and stress. By bringing your attention back to one constant focal point, such as your breath or the physical sensations of the body, the constant negative thought pattern is interrupted. Meditating consistently will make it easier for you to break this pattern more frequently, and reduce those racing thoughts.
2. Meditation May Effect Brain Chemistry. There is some evidence suggesting that meditation can increase levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked to feelings of happiness, and decrease cortisol, a stress hormone that contributes to anxiety, depressions, sleep disorders and memory loss.
3. It Can Be Simple. If the thought of adding one more thing to your daily routine is enough to send you down a stressful path, do not worry. The positive effects of meditation can be seen in as little as 10 minutes a day. It also does not have to be complicated. It can be as simple as sitting down for a few minutes and paying attention to your breath.
If you are curious about meditation, and want to learn simple techniques that you can use in every day life, try our all-level yoga and meditation classes. Perfect for any level student, these classes incorporate simple meditation techniques at the beginning and end of class. You can also have private lessons with our yoga instructors and/or work with our Stress Reduction Coaches to learn other relaxation skills and techniques.
Kara Unal, JD, RYT
Yoga Instructor (classes and private lessons)
Does your child have trouble sleeping after a divorce? Every year, more than 1 million US children experience the divorce of their parents, and shared custody and traveling between 2 homes can make it difficult for kids to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Sleep problems can include everything from thumb-sucking and bedwetting in younger children, and insomnia and oversleeping in older children. Here, we will discuss three ways you can help your kids overcome sleep problems after divorce or separation.
What to do if your child has trouble sleeping after a divorce?
- Double Up! To maintain a consistent routine, keep duplicates of favorite bedtime toys, books or music at both homes. This will make traveling between homes easier, and prevent problems due to haste or forgetfulness.
- Communicate. In order to make the transition easier for the child, both parents must communicate with each other. Set ground rules regarding bed times and other night routines. Children who experience two vastly different situations regarding sleeping in two different homes will not be set up for a consistent sleep schedule. It might take very close teamwork to make this happen.
- Talk to your pediatrician. If problems persist, especially once the living situation has stabilized, talk to your pediatrician or consider working with a support group.
Maintaining a consistent sleep is as important for healthy kids as it is for adults especially if your child has had trouble sleeping after a divorce. KareBoost Health offers Kids Yoga, which is a fun, movement based yoga class specifically for kids. Yoga is a great way to move and reduce stress, which can help with better sleep.
Dr. Karen Leibowitz
Health and Medical Coach
Let’s look at ways to help kids reduce stress. As a parent, you are probably well aware of the many stressors that your kids face. From pressure to do well in everything from school to sports to after school activities, today’s kids have a lot on their plates. Today, we will identify 5 actions you can take to help your kids reduce stress.
Ways to help kids reduce stress
- Not All Stress is Bad. Moderate amounts of pressure to keep grades up or to finish a school project can be motivating for children, and childhood is a time to learn how to manage stressful events in the future. However, if pressures from school, parents or coaches are causing your child to lose sleep or suffer fatigue, talk to your child and examine where the anxiety is coming from.
- Schedule Downtime. Balance schoolwork and other scheduled activities with time that allows your kids to relax. Schedule this time in to your calendar, and treat downtime with as much importance as you do other activities. If you show your kids that a healthy balance is important, they’ll tend to have the same attitude.
- Define Downtime. While you should allow kids to just play during downtime, consider making it a no-tech downtime. Video games, cell phones and television are not helping anyone’s anxiety. Get kids outside for unscheduled play, or if playing outside is not an option, provide board games, books and other tech-free activities.
- Learn Coping Skills. Examine how you yourself deal with anxiety and stress. Children imitate parents, and if your kids see that you are constantly stressed and anxious, they may be picking up on those feelings. Build good habits to deal with stress, and involve the whole family. Exercise is a great way to reduce anxiety, so try going on a walk together every night after dinner.
- Listen. Not all stress is bad, but if your child is facing too much pressure, sit down and examine activities can be limited or stopped. Children do need to learn to handle some stress, and there is a fine line between too little pressure and too much. However, stress takes a physical, mental and emotional toll, even on children. Perhaps this is a good time to think about what activities are truly necessary and beneficial to your children.
For more ways to help kids reduce stress, consider taking a yoga class or consulting a health coach. KareBoost Health offers health coaching, yoga classes for kids, and many other services.
Gina Miraglia, BA