Children are far more prone to anxiety than ever before and suffer from stress, depression, and behavioural issues that effect their quality of life.
I know what that feels like, as my son suffered terrible anxiety until we made some significant changes in his life. We decided not to give him medication, and instead supported him to heal naturally.
As a parent it can be heart breaking to watch our child suffer.
If it was a cut knee they had, you can put a bandaid on it, or if they suffer a cold we can tuck them up in bed, keep them warm and know they will soon be ok, but with anxiety it can hard to know what to do to help and can be an ongoing and debilitating problem .
As parents we don’t have to feel helpless, in fact as the most important people in the lives of our children we are in the best position to make a difference.
3 ways to reduce anxiety in children naturally.
1 – Feed them foods that fuel the mind.
Every cell in the body is made from the food that children eat, including the brain cells. Additives such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives can cross the blood brain barrier and effect the way the brain processes information, how they behave, how they feel and how they think.
Clean foods create a clean mind. After taking my son off processed foods such as sausages, and ice blocks his debilitating anxiety reduce within just two weeks and he was able to have such a better quality of life. I also recommend using a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue under their pillow at night, and my family uses Weleda’s stress & tension relief tablets as an additional support during stressful times.
2 – Let kids be kids.
Leave children to be little, to grow and to play in their own way and in their own time. Play is one of the greatest healers and NOT the time waster that some think it is.
It allows children to process their thoughts in the real world, and is very therapeutic. Too often children are thrown into the adult world of news stories, drama, and adult problems too soon. The adult world can cause havoc on a young mind that isn’t prepared for dealing with such problems yet. Letting children be little for as long as possible will enable them to grow a strong and capable mind.
3 – Let them draw out their feelings.
Drawing at any age is therapeutic and a great way of taking blocked feelings and emotions and getting them out on paper. For children who may not have the words to tell us what is wrong, or even know what is wrong themselves, drawing can be very beneficial. Give them plenty of paper, and crayons and pencils and get them drawing. Let them draw what ever they want, but if they are having trouble getting started, or don’t know what to draw try this:
Ask them to draw a house and their family. The colours used in their drawings all have a significant meaning, as do the people they draw. The drawing of a child can tell a parent a lot about what is going on in their mind.
I have worked for more than 12 years with young children and have studied children and their art work. If you would like to understand your child’s drawing a little better, get them to draw their house and family, post it below, and I can help you understand it.
If you feel like your child’s anxiety is getting out of control remember to talk to your doctor or natural health professional.