Guest Author - Susan Kramer
If your child is diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, it is important that you take time for yourself to maintain or regain peace of mind, rather than always being around your child, and being in opposition.
Exercise or other activities that help balance body and mind give you a respite. I recommend yoga or an aerobic activity such as brisk walking.
And these stress-reducing practices are beneficial for your child, also - whether practiced in a group or individually.
Be sure to take time away, though, for your own peace-recovering activities.
To use walking for stress relief, set out on a familiar path or trail in a safe area so you don't need to think about where your next step will be.
Do some even regular breathing, such as taking two steps while breathing in, and 2 steps while breathing out. Swing your arms in opposition to your legs, which means when you step forward onto your right foot, swing your left arm forward, and vice versa.
This kind of walking uses and needs coordination between the right and left sides of the brain, and the even and regular breathing calms, as the body and mind are tied together by the breath - when we concentrate on breathing evenly our thoughts slow down, too.
Yoga poses are another help in relaxing the body and mind. Yoga is practiced equally on the right and left side of the body as the even walking just described is.
And the breath is coordinated with the pose, such as breathing in to go into the pose; letting the breath out in the pose and breathing regularly and evenly while holding the pose; then breathing out at the conclusion of the pose.
Body and mind go hand in hand and exercise is one way to incorporate them productively!
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Article by Susan Kramer