The holidays can be a magical time for the kids to enjoy family time and the joys of Easter.
If you have a child that is experiencing anxiety, it can certainly be more challenging for them to relax and you may find yourself worrying and watching them more closely.
Here are a few of our tried and tested methods to help managing child anxiety.
1) A sleepless night can make for a more jaggly body, mood swings and irritability. Ensure your little one is in bed nice and early before 8:30pm. A warm bath beforehand, hot mug of milk, some lavender essential oil in the room or a few drops on their pillow. Spend some time with them reading, rubbing their back, cuddling, softly singing. Turn the lights down low.
2) Mornings can set the tone for the entire day. So ensure they get a healthy breakfast and lots of morning sunlight to give the body and brain a boost. We recommend high Fibre Cereals, fruit (especially berries), porridge, boiled or scrambled eggs, some nuts and seeds like walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. My kids love chia seeds, they need to be soaked in water for about 15 minutes before consuming them.
If its a bit drab and dark in the mornings, try the SAD lamp that simulates sunlight – it aids in producing melatonin later in the day (to help you feel sleepy) and also regulates the mood hormone serotonin (See Michael’s video on the SAD Lamp: https://mindbodied.com/mindbodied-energy-tips-series-part-3-sad-lamp/)
3) Laughter is one of life’s best medicines, so get chatting and giggling in the morning. Be playful and inventive and make breakfast time fun.
4) Help your child take control and book a Neurofeedback session with us or rent a Home Neurofeedback system for three months and allow the system to aid in regulating dysregulated emotions. Have a read to learn more: https://mindbodied.com/what-is-neurofeedback/)
From everyone at Mindbodied wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Easter break.