Natural Ways to Support your Children's Mental Health
The SignificanceChildhood mental health is extremely important as it lays the foundation for a child's overall well-being and future success in life. Mental health issues in childhood can impact academic achievement, relationships, physical health, and increase the risk for mental health problems in adulthood. Hence, it is crucial for children to receive early recognition and treatment for any mental health concerns.
Some signs that a child may be dealing with stress overwhelm and anxiety include:
Physical symptoms: headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
Behavioural changes: irritability, restlessness, tearfulness, aggressive behaviour, withdrawing from friends and activities.
Cognitive changes: difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, negative self-talk, worries or fears that interfere with daily activities.
Emotional changes: feelings of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame or hopelessness.
School-related difficulties: decline in grades, loss of interest in school, avoiding school or particular classes or activities.
Natural ways to help
Here are some ways you can help your child cope with anxiety.
Validate their feelings: Let your child know that their feelings are normal and that you understand how they feel.
Encourage healthy coping mechanisms: Teach your child relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualisation. A weighted blanket or toy can feel reassuringly cosy and can help relaxation.
Maintain a consistent routine: Having a predictable schedule can provide a sense of stability and security for a child.
Limit screen time: Excessive screen time can exacerbate anxiety. Encourage physical activity and other leisure activities instead.
Encourage open communication: Encourage your child to express their feelings and offer a supportive and non-judgmental listening ear.
Seek professional help: If your child's anxiety is affecting their daily life, consider seeking help from a mental health professional, such as a child psychologist or counsellor.
Saffrosun for Children
You may like to support your child with our natural calming supplement: Saffrosun for Children, which contains saffron, vitamins D3 and B12 together with organic baobab (a prebiotic to support gut flora). It is suitable for children from 6 years upwards.
The unique high strength bioactive compounds in saffron restore the balance of vagal nerve communication between the gut and the brain plus increase the levels of happy hormones produced in the gut.
Here’s what Saffrosun can do for your child:
Help your child to sleep better.
Restore and improve their emotional balance.