As we all are aware, the role of morning exercise & yoga is being promoted in young kids. Whenever, I would suggest the same to my patients, the instant response mostly is - there is no time. my child has school, tution etc. If we recall, good 50-70 years back, our elders did not have the benefit of modern technology & had a pretty tough life. One thing was constant - routine.
As parents and caregivers, our top priority is our children. One powerful way to set them on the right path each day is by establishing healthy morning habits. These routines not only promote physical health but also help their mental & emotional well-being. The routine need not be long, just 10 minutes everyday. A positive visible effect will be apparent soon.
There are medical studies supporting the same, the frequency of illness has decreased, focus & grasping power has increased & stress levels decrease significantly. Here are a few suggestions -
Deep Breathing: A Calm Start to the Day
Deep breathing exercises or Anulom Vilom pranayam. Prana is energy. This helps in boosting energy levels & also declutters the mind, resulting in better performance at school. Teach them to inhale deeply through their nose, filling their lungs, and then exhale slowly through their mouth. This simple practice helps children regulate their nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.
Yoga: A Blend of Fun and Fitness
Yoga is not just for adults; the practice of yoga involves a combination of physical postures (asanas), breathing exercises, and meditation. A lot of school are incorporating yoga two to three times a week in their schedule. Morning yoga sessions can be tailored to suit children's playful nature, making it an enjoyable activity. It enhances flexibility, balance, and strength, and it also teaches mindfulness, which boosts self-esteem, and improves overall physical health.
Gratitude: Fostering a Positive Outlook
Practicing gratitude is a simple yet profound habit that can shape a child's mindset for the entire day. This could be as simple as appreciating their family, friends, toys, or a beautiful sunrise. This nurtures a positive outlook, increasing resilience & a better ability to handle challenges and setbacks.
The Role of Healthy Morning Habits on Health
The benefits of these morning habits extend far beyond the immediate moment. Let's see what influence they have on a child's growth -
Physical Health: Deep breathing and yoga promote cardiovascular health, enhance lung capacity, and strengthen muscles. They also improve flexibility and posture, reducing the risk of injuries and other physical ailments.
Mental Health: By calming the mind & reducing stress, children may experience improved focus, concentration, and emotional regulation throughout the day.
Emotional Well-being: Gratitude fosters a positive emotional state, increasing happiness & contentment. It also helps children develop empathy & compassion for others.
Sleep Quality: Engaging in relaxing morning activities can lead to better sleep patterns. Adequate and quality sleep is crucial for a child's growth and development.
Healthy Habits: Instilling these practices from an early age encourages the development of a lifelong habit of self-care and mindfulness, which can positively impact their adult life.
In fact, I tell parent why not join your children in the 10 minutes of daily routine. It will strengthen your bond & maybe inculcate a healthy habit. By fostering these positive routines, we help our children build a strong foundation for a healthier, happier life.
!0 minutes everyday will save lots of time!!!