Relaxation is good for your body and mind. Relaxing throughout the day can help you recharge your energy. Recharging your energy helps you motivate your mood.

Sometimes people call relaxing, being mindful. Mindfulness is being aware of your body, emotions, and surroundings. To practice this you can close your eyes and pretend you are in a perfect place. Your perfect place is a quiet, happy place that you imagine. Imagining that you are in a safe, warm, cozy place can help you feel better when you feel unhappy.

How to Find your Perfect Place

  1. Find a quiet place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
  2. Think about a place that makes you happy. Pick a place that is quiet. It can be a place you have been before:

You can also think about a make-believe or magical place:

  1. Imagine how your perfect place looks. Is your perfect place bright like a sunny day? Is it colorful? What do you see in your place?
  2. Imagine how your perfect place sounds. Do you hear music? Do you hear rain drops? Are there birds chirping?
  3.  Imagine how your perfect place feels. Do you feel the sun's heat on your skin? Do you feel wind blowing your hair?
  4. Imagine how your perfect place smells. Do you smell the ocean? Do you smell flowers?
  5. Keep thinking about your perfect place. Do you feel your body relaxing? Do you feel better than when you started?

When you feel sad or angry, take time to practice being mindful. Think about your perfect place. Practicing relaxation and mindfulness can help you feel calm and motivated.

For Parents
This activity is appropriate for children ages 4 to 7. Have your child lie down and close their eyes. Help them imagine a relaxing place by describing it. Try this when your child is stressed, sad, or needs to relax before bed. 

Describe your child's perfect place using a soothing, soft voice. Describe what they see. Describe what they feel. Describe what they hear. Use details that are calming and soothing. Help your child imagine this perfect place for five to 10 minutes.

If your child can't think of a perfect place, you could describe a simple, soothing scene for your child instead. For example:

What to Teach Your Child 

Quiet time can help you feel better! Young children need assistance learning self-control and stress management. Teaching children how to ease their feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, and fatigue at a young age will help them for years to come. You can help them learn to relax and soothe themselves with techniques like this guided mindfulness. You can use the same visualization technique yourself -- after all, you are your child's most influential model!

Think fit. Be fit! Teaching your child about recharging their energy is part of raising fit children. Learning how to relax is an essential element of how to energize. Without the ability to relax when they feel stressed, children can drain their energy with negative emotions and negative actions. Children that are stressed also have trouble falling and staying asleep. They can use relaxation techniques to help them stay in a positive mood, and they can use physical activity to help de-stress. Children that understand how to energize with adequate sleep and healthy relaxation are more equipped to live a fit life.