Balancing School Stress: Natural Approaches to Children's Mental Wellbeing
As children navigate the challenges of school, from making friends to facing exams, it's natural for them to experience stress.
At Napiers, we believe in harnessing the power of nature to provide relief and balance. Here's a look at some natural remedies and practices to support your child's mental wellbeing during the school year.
Before incorporating any herbs into your routine, it's best to speak to a herbal practitioner first. Why not book a free 1:1 consultation with one of our passionate team?
Herbal Allies for Stress Relief
- Lemon Balm: Recognised for its calming properties, lemon balm tea can help alleviate anxiety and improve mood. Consider serving a warm cup after a long school day.
- Lavender: The aromatic scent of lavender is known to induce relaxation. Using lavender essential oil in a diffuser, or placing sachets in their bedroom, can promote a peaceful night's sleep.
- Chamomile: A classic herb for relaxation, chamomile tea can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. It's gentle enough for children and can become a bedtime ritual.
- Passionflower: Often used to treat insomnia and anxiety in children, a passionflower infusion can be a helpful remedy during particularly stressful times.
- Valerian Root: Though best suited for older children and teenagers, valerian can aid in sleep and relaxation. Always consult a healthcare professional before administration.
Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques
Introducing children to mindfulness exercises can equip them with tools to manage stress. Here are a few techniques tailored for young learners:
- Breathing Exercises: Teach your child to take deep breaths, holding for a count of three, and then exhaling slowly. This simple practice can help centre their mind and emotions.
- Nature Walks: Encouraging children to observe nature, listen to the sounds around them, and feel the earth beneath their feet can be a grounding experience, pulling them away from daily pressures.
- Guided Imagery: Using stories or audio guides, children can be led on imaginary journeys to peaceful places, helping them relax and refocus.
Incorporating these natural approaches and remedies into your child's routine can make a significant difference in their mental wellbeing. Always consult with a healthcare professional or herbalist when introducing new remedies, ensuring they're appropriate for your child's unique needs.