Creating Calm for Healthier Kids

Creating Calm for Healthier Kids

Did you know that overscheduled (& overstressed) kids are at higher risk of experiencing depression and anxiety? They can also show an overall lack of imagination or creativity and have fewer problem-solving skills. Finding a healthy balance between school, activities, and play can mean the difference between a well-adjusted child and a stressed-out one. Sometimes it can be tricky to know what that balance point is, but if your child is showing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to reconsider the schedule:

  • They are tired… a lot!
  • They are grumpy or agitated with limited control over their emotions.
  • They have recurring physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches.
  • They have trouble sleeping.
  • They are with drawn and don’t even want to join in fun activities, or play with friends.
  • They are having trouble concentrating on homework or grades may be slipping.
  • They are slacking with their chores or need a reminder to do them.
  • They have limited free time most days.
  • They say they want to stay at home and do nothing.
  • They no longer enjoy something that was once fun for them.

Kids generally need at least a few days each week where they have nothing scheduled, as well as ‘free-time’ every day. Where possible, prioritise outdoor play during ‘free time’ (rather than sedentary activities), as this is where the truly creative play happens….and usually the exercise too! Being outdoors also has a calming effect and reduces stress! If you find that you are overscheduled, decide (together) which activities to cut, postpone until next term (or season), and which to continue. Think of how that can lighten the broader family ‘load’ and create a little more calm for mums and dads too.

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Cherie Rivas

Cherie Rivas is the fresh thinking, straight shooting Women’s Health & Wellness Coach who shares her knowledge and experience in weight loss, psychology, personal training and yoga, together with her studies in nutritional medicine, epigenetics and chronobiology, to inspire and empower other women to rise into the life they love.

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