BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - If your child struggles from anxiety, ADD or anger, the pressure of being an overachiever, meditation or mindfulness can be a game changer.
Kathleen Kelly of Bay Area Yoga in Allouez said meditation or mindfulness is taking a moment to pay attention to what's going on around you.
"How does it feel to have my feet in my shoes? What does it feel like to be in the space I'm in. Starting to notice the sounds around you. What are the smells, the sensations. Being grounded, just being at that very moment of whatever's happening in your immediate environment
Kelly said a few moments of mindfulness, breathing techniques or stretching throughout the day works wonders reducing your child's anxieties and tension. It could also raise their test scores and improve their behavior.
"so what yoga can do in terms of taking that pause, learning how you feel, having respect for yourself, it all bleeds out into the community and then you get a more respectful child, which then becomes more community based, and respectful for other people"
That release of tension is good for both children and their parents, which is why Kelly suggests doing it as a family.
Bay Area Yoga is offering a course for families next month, but Kelly said there's lots of books or the internet to help you get started.