Coach your child using this relaxation strategy to
help them before they study or for a refreshing study break.
Go through the full cycle of tense and release, or
break up the routine into segments as suggested by the color coding:
steps 1-3; steps 4-6; steps 7&8; steps 9-11. They can be mixed
and matched and do not need to be done in any particular grouping.
Set your child down in a comfortable chair in a quiet
place. Tense and release each muscle group for the count of ten.
You keep the count in a gentle, relaxing tone. Then relax slowly for
the count of ten. For each muscle
group, coach your child to be aware of the difference between the feeling
of tension and the warm, soft feeling of relaxation, almost like a Yoga
- Tense and slowly relax your fists and forearms.
- Bend your elbows and tense and relax your biceps.
- Straighten your arms and tense and relax your triceps.
- Wrinkle up and relax your forehead.
- Clench and relax your jaw.
- Shrug and relax your shoulders.
- Fill your lungs and let the air out slowly.
- Pull in and relax your stomach.
- Push down your feet to tense and relax your thighs.
- Tip up your toes to tense and relax your shins.
- Raise your heels to tense and relax your calves.
Coach your child to work slowly
through the routine. The whole procedure or cycle of exercises
may take longer than you think at first but gradually will require less
time. Later, your child, with practice, will be able to handle the routine
Follow up Brain Trainer:
When you have relaxed your child,
your child should then close their eyes and mentally see themselves
walking into their study spot. Your child slowly sees their desk.
Now they see themselves opening their math book or worksheets and beginning
their homework or test.
Your child should be coached to
feel the calm, and to feel all the anxiety leave their body. Now,
your child opens their eyes, gets up, and gets to work.
Your child should feel no discomfort,
no anxiety. The child should feel refreshed and relaxed and ready
to work on math.
Practice and coaching will be
rewarded by a much calmer child who is empowered to help themselves.
These skills will carry your child throughout their schooling, giving
them the tools needed to control anxiety. Yoga for Math Anxiety Relief really works!
Read the book by Dr. Margaret
Murky, Quirky, Beserky Math, and discuss math feelings and
strategies from this humorous approach to math anxiety.
© Margaret Desjardins