Relaxation Exercises for children
Lie down on your back, with your legs and arms apart, like a starfish. Stay very still and imagine you are a sleepy starfish resting at the bottom of the ocean. Breathe in and, as you breathe out, relax your head. See how still you can be at the bottom of the ocean, resting like a sleepy starfish, say to yourself, 'I am calm and quiet, I am calm' and quiet.
Practice deep and slow breathing together. Breathing in for a count of four, holding for four and breathing out for a count of eight, to help a feeling of relaxation. As you continue to deep breath, close your eyes and think of a peaceful and relaxing place. Explain to your child the longer they can concentrate and think about their relaxing place the better.
Set up a Chill Out Corner
This could be use as an alternative to the 'naughty step'. You might like to a create a Chill Out Corner, for your child, so they can relax when they feel upset, stressed or anxious. You could use material to section off the area, or just use the back of the sofa as a cosy corner. Add cosy blankets, bean bags and cushions. Use soft toys and anything that you think would appeal to your child and help them relax. Use the area to help your child relax, by getting them to lie or sit down with their eyes closed, they could then use some of the breathing techniques above or listen to some relaxing music.
There are lots of other resources online, with regards to calming techniques the whole family could use.