Kick-start the New School Year
Parents understandably want what is best for their children and aim to ensure that life at home and at school is the best it can be. Nevertheless, if a child is experiencing stress, inadequate sleep or is finding it hard to learn and understand due to poor cognition, then life at school can be harder than it needs to be.
Signs that your child may be experiencing stress include noticeable anxiety, irritability, moodiness or over-concern about seemingly little things. Stressed children may withdraw from their usual activities and friends, experience digestive issues and sleep disturbances, or perhaps develop behavioural problems, and/or exhibit overall poor performance at school.
Ways for Children to Stress Less:
* Increasing exercise or play time.
* Setting an age appropriate bedtime and sticking to it.
* Limiting screen time (especially at night).
* Eating a wholefood diet,to help with feeling calm, sleep soundly and increase overall wellbeing. Include protein, wholegrains, pulses and ample fresh vegetables and fruit, avoid processed foods, foods high in sugars, artificial colours and flavours.
Healthy cognition is also required for classroom success, being equally important for the ‘high achiever’ as for the ‘easily distracted’ or for children with diagnosed conditions such as ADD/ADHD or autism. One way to increase cognition is simply to encourage your child to drink water, as even mild dehydration has been shown to decrease childrens’ ability to focus effectively. In addition studies have shown that fish oils high in the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, along with vitamin D both play a key role in healthy brain development and cognition.
There are many strategies to help bring out the best in your child this school year, for more information contact Melbourne Naturopathy on (03)9484 4668 or [email protected]