Stress in childhood happens in any condition when they are required to face and adapt to a change. Childhood stress can be good when it is small, but excessive stress can directly demonstrate damaging effects on the body and family and indirectly lead to health problems.
Prepare the right herbal supplement or refreshing teas for your kids to promote relaxation of the nervous system, relieve stress and tension.
Chamomile is commonly used to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, insomnia, ulcer, gastrointestinal disorders. It has the ability to reduce the stress induced increases in body Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels to relieve anxiety and produce the calming effect.
Peppermint is popular in reducing stress and relieves anxiety, tense, and irritability especially works well as a natural muscle relaxant. It contains zero caffeine, making it a perfect drink before sleep to promote calmness and promote better sleep quality.
Barley has been proven with its ability to relax the body and relieve stress which derived from its constitution of tryptophan, one of the amino acids necessary for sleep. In addition, barley has the ability to synthesize serotonin – a kind of important neurotransmitter to regulate a child’s sleep and mood.
Passionflower is targeted as a natural remedy to treat sleep disorders, and anxiety. Recent study has found out passionflower may have the same effect as oxazepam (Anxiolytic drug prescribed to treat anxiety disorders).
One of the calming herbs suitable for kids. Oatstraw may help children who are experiencing stress, nervous, hyperactive or restless sleep. Prepare a daily oatstraw infusion with lemonade and fruit juice to calm and relieve stress. It also contains a high level of calcium to build healthy teeth and bones for your kids.
Proper diet can counterbalance the negative impact of stress by enhancing the body’s immune system, stabilising mood and reducing blood pressure.
Vital Foods and Nutrients To Relieve Stress
Adequate consumption of Magnesium is important to avoid headache and fatigue especially for kids who are facing stress. Increased Magnesium intake has been proven to improve quality of sleep and reduction of stress.
Foods rich in magnesium include: Leafy greens, seeds, seafood, salmon, and whole grain food.
- Omega – 3 Fatty Acid
Omega – 3 have been proven to lower the surges of stress hormones and protect from depression. Deficiency in Omega – 3 has been linked to depression, anxiety and hyperactive disorder.
Foods rich in Omega – 3 include: Fatty fish (Salmon and tuna), Seeds, Nuts, Fish Oil or Algae Oil (For vegetarians)
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C can reduce stress and boost the immune system when your kids are stressed. It works to lower the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone during high-anxiety situations.
Foods rich in Vitamin C: Fruits included citrus fruits, broccoli, green/red peppers, tomatoes and vegetables.
- Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a healthy comfort food which has the ability to relieve stress and improve cognitive function and mood. Daily dark chocolate consumption may be beneficial for kids who are suffering from high levels of stress.