Never before has our living environment changed so quickly as it does today. We are all exposed to increasing sensory overload, pressure to perform and stress. That our psyche does not always withstand this is shown by the fact that every third person becomes mentally ill at least once in his life. We repress many of our unprocessed experiences, which then continue to have an effect in the subconscious, which can result in disturbances in the mental and physical area. It therefore makes sense to offer children opportunities to experience breaks and oases of silence.
Many of our unprocessed experiences we repress, they then continue to act in the subconscious, whereby disturbances in the mental and physical area can be the result. It therefore makes sense to offer children opportunities to experience quiet breaks and oases of calm.
Depending on how pronounced the child's stress experience already is, stress management takes place on three levels: Relaxation training as a preventive measure to learn the tools for future crises; counseling in acute stressful situations; and lastly, psychotherapy if a permanent stress has already occurred and is placing a lasting burden on the child.
But it doesn't have to come to that, because prevention is the first step: children can basically use the same methods as adults. However, these must be adapted to the attention spans, imagination and life worlds of the children.
One can essentially distinguish between methods that are learned in order to be able to be called up by the child in concrete stress situations. Autogenic training is particularly suitable for this purpose. The progressive muscle relaxation. In addition, there are also methods through which children learn to deal mindfully with themselves and their environment and thus achieve a higher stress resilience overall. This can include relaxation with singing bowls.
Autogenic training and progressive muscle relaxation help in acute stress situations
The autogenous training serves above all the health prophylaxis, whereby after the principle of the "formulaic resolution formation" (Affirmation) one proceeds. Through repeated practice of these formulas, they are anchored in the subconscious and can be called up at any time and anywhere. This makes these exercises especially helpful for children: one can practice "magic formulas" for particularly stressful situations such as class tests, sports competitions and so on.
A special side effect of autogenic training is that children learn to focus their attention and exclude side thoughts.In this way they can concentrate better overall and are no longer so easily distracted.
The older ones among us still know the "Becker Fist". It is an exercise from progressive muscle relaxation, which is a body-oriented relaxation method. It is based on the principle of tension. Relaxation as a basis. Certain muscle parts are addressed in a certain order. The corresponding muscles are tensed, the tension is held briefly and then relaxed again. This method also leads to deep relaxation. Improves body awareness. It is particularly suitable for children with a lack of body awareness and difficulties with attention and concentration.
Practice mindfulness with singing bowls
Practicing mindfulness in order to ultimately experience relaxation can be achieved particularly well through the use of singing bowls. They can be used to perform highly effective body awareness exercises.
Through the shells made to sound, the children are addressed by hearing but also by feeling the vibrations. Involuntarily, the senses are focused on these external stimuli, which causes a series of positive effects: a rapid, deep relaxation occurs; the combination of sound and sensed vibration have a harmonizing and vitalizing effect and contribute to the improvement of body perception; allow access to unused inner resources such as creativity and thus not least self-confidence.
Above all, when children learn to experience an inner world as a counterbalance to the outer world with all its influences, they will take a stronger sense of basic trust and self-confidence with them into adulthood. Moreover, a child who is able to perceive himself well, can also better recognize and understand other people and their needs.
What children can eventually relax with( also sports , play or listen to music etc. Are effective relaxation methods), it doesn't matter: the important thing is that children learn early on that they don't have to endure stress. Just this knowledge and the experiences they have made with it let them become self-confident adults.
By the way: Even though singing bowls originate from Tibet, they are originally just a traditional kitchen utensil there. There is no evidence for the widespread belief in the Western esoteric scene that bowls play a role in traditional Buddhist rituals. They are elaborately made shells of a metallic alloy, which consists of up to 12 metals, and rubbed or struck produce vibrations and tones. Scientific studies prove its positive effect on body and mind.