Kids get stressed too!
When we grow up and our responsibilities of adulthood increase we feel more stressed and often feel the anxiety that comes with it. We can forget that as kids we could feel stress too and that it can have not only short-term effects, but also deeper and more lasting impacts. We get sick because of stress. We get anxious, depressed, headaches, indigestion, more colds and flus, physical tension and pain, and mood swings.
As children we learn how to cope with stress. We absorb the strategies and behaviors of our families and peers. Many times these strategies are not the best for coping, but we passively learn them anyway.
Dr. Gabor Mate writes in The Body Says No about the many studies that have explored the effects of stress on children. In one study, children who were exposed to arguments at the dinner table were far more often likely to suffer from asthma and have asthma attacks that send them to Emergency. It can be as simple as observing conflict that translates into a very negative reaction.
There are many behavioural, physical, mental, and nutritional tools we can give to our children and teach them to use to both prevent the anxiety of stress and cope well with it when it arrives. Health professionals can guide parents and children to unlearn many of the negative ways we deal with stress and strengthen the positive ones. Just as simple things can cause stress, simple things can reduce it.
Herbal remedies can have gentle yet profound impacts on children’s mood and nervous systems. Scuttelaria, Passion flower, Lavender, and Lemon Balm are great ways to promote relaxation and greater wellbeing.
Food sensitivities and allergies often play a big role in how we feel including as children. Exploring the right foods and diet are important in helping our nervous and immune systems to stay strong and stable.
Vitamins and minerals like magnesium, D3, 5HTP, melatonin, omega 3s, and the right probiotics can have dramatic effects when used safely and in the right amounts with children.
Have your child assessed and adjusted by a Chiropractor. When we are dealing with stress there is an increase in muscle tension and contraction, and the nervous system goes into a Fight, Flight or Freeze response. Chiropractic adjustments help to realign the spine and return the body to a more relaxed, well-balanced state. Ultimately reducing cortisol levels in the body and improving overall function, health and immunity. Having a healthy and balanced spine contributes to effectively managing stress.
For professional consultation and a fresh perspective consult a practitioner at evolve Nurturing Vitality.
By Dr. Chamberlain and Dr. Parmar