Relaxation for Young People

Relaxation for Young People

Why is relaxation important for Young People

Relaxation is important for young people as it allows their mind and body to switch off from the pressures of daily life. Those who don’t take time to relax can find themselves anxious, overwhelmed and having problems sleeping. Making relaxation a priority can make it easier for young people to learn and develop a healthy sleep schedule and maintain the motivation to get things done.

Through making relaxation a part of their routine young people will be able to teach themselves how to face stress with a “relaxation response”. This makes them feel less helpless when confronted by problems and makes it easier for them to apply healthy coping skills.

How can I tell if my child needs help managing stress?

All young people will experience stress at certain times, this is part of growing up.

Keep an eye on your child’s stress levels to see if it is impacting on their mood, thoughts, behaviour and general health. If you have any concerns talk with your child, ask them how they are feeling.

Listen to their concerns and watch out for signs of them being overwhelmed.

How can I support my child?

Here are examples of relaxation techniques you can encourage your teenager to use:

  • In a quiet area, such as their bedroom, they can take the time to slow their breathing and clear their thoughts. Even doing this for five minutes can make a big difference.
  • A hand massage, starting at the base of the thumb and moving across the rest of the hand.
  • Yoga. For example, they may like to lie on the floor with their legs lifted against a wall, perhaps with their eyes closed. Lying in this position and breathing slowly helps calm the nervous system.
  • Do an activity that is calming for them, such as cooking a meal, playing with a pet, an online guided yoga class, writing in a journal or using a meditation app such as smiling mind.
  • Going for a walk, mindfully taking in the sights and sounds around them.

Seek the help you need

To find out more, visit Youth Network of Tasmania for a list of local services and online support.