Top Tips To Calm The Kids Down At Christmas

Top Tips To Calm The Kids Down At Christmas

How To Calm The Kids Down At Christmas

 

 So how do you calm the kids at Christmas? Christmas is certainly a crazy time of year and is often anything but calm. Kids not only get excited about Santa or about spending time with family; grandparents or cousins. But are often over excited and over stimulated by the whole hype of Christmas.

 

So What Strategies Can You Use To Calm The Kids Down During The Festive Season?

 

Well the most important thing is to recognise what actually over stimulates your child or teenager. What over excites them and even what causes them anxiety or fear? Too much excitement can be stressful for the sensitive or anxious child, because their nervous system is much more acute.

Many adults want to relive the Christmas magic through our children’s eyes. But most children are far more over stimulated, over stressed than we ever were as children. So it’s always worth considering how your child naturally responds to the Christmas season. Thing about how they react to new events, surprises, change, basically things outside their comfort zone. It’s much easier to calm the kids down when you can cushion them from the impact of stressful situations.

 

Top Tips To Calm The Kids Down On Christmas Eve And Festive Season

 

 

  1. Reduce Food Stimulants: it can be more challenging at this time of year but do what you can to minimise stimulants. Sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, even fats can seriously increase anxiety, stress symptoms. They are extremely stimulating and play havoc on the bodies sugar levels and digestive system.
  2. Reduce External Stimulants: Encourage some seriously unplugging and time out. Information overload and blu ray from TV, computers and mobile devices plays havoc with the brain. Especially the melatonin and the bodies natural circadian rythyms which is vital for good quality sleep.
  3. Be Organised, Prepare and Plan: If your kids are going to be out for the day or away from there normal routine. Get organised and prepare them and yourself for usual challenges. Especially if your child is extra anxious or sensitive, for example have a plan that includes some healthy cushioning from the impact of the situation. If your child is going to be exposed to a lot of noise, stimulation or lots of processed foods. Have some strategies in place to make it as less stimulating as possible. A contingency plan is key for young or sensitive kids with aspergers, autism who struggle with noise, lights, smells… E.g. take your child out for a short walk or to another room for a rest or for time out. mindful walk kidsBring things like a book or colour-in book or a less stimulating game that can be a more healthy or balanced distraction. Bring things like healthy snacks, earphones or comforter or lovable toy for young children. These can help soothe anxiety levels and encourage a sense of security and familarity.
  4. Boundaries: As an adult you have to be the one that has clear boundaries that you stick to. It maybe deciding before hand how long you will stay or have your party.  Clear boundaries on when your child has had enough to eat, drink, run about or when it’s time for bed. This in the long run can minimise a heap of drama, exhaustion and tantrums. Don’t be tempted to give in just because of the time of year etc. Christmas day, new year, family parties all play their toll on a sensitive or more anxious or stressed out child’s nervous system. In this state kids are often so confused they can struggle to recognise what they really need. Clear boundaries can help nip stressful or anxious situations in the bud before they get out of hand.
  5. Be A Calm Parent Or Carer: No matter if your carer, guardian or parent, if you aren’t calm, you can’t expect the child your caring for to be. Don’t let your child feed off your emotions. Learn how to manage your own stress, learn to meditate properly, learn to relax properly.
  6. Holistic Aids: Holistic aids can be extremely useful for one off type of situations. Both lavender and chamomile essential oils can be soothing for some children. Simply add a few drops to their bath, check with children who are highly sensitive to smells. Here is an interesting article on the use of Chamomile Tea and Oil for ADHDLavender pure essential oil can also be added to a handkerchief and placed inside a child’s pillow slip.  Rescue remedy for kids is a powerfully soothing flower essence blend which can quickly reduce anxiety, stress and fear.
  7. Teach Your Child How To Meditate:  Teaching your child how to meditate is a powerful life skill that supports children deal with stressful situations more effectively.  Kids need plenty Rest, Relaxation and Repair so ensure they get enough good quality sleep. My FREE Guided Meditation For Kids can help your child relax, switch-off and set healthier energetic and emotional boundaries.

 

Stress Management For Anxious, Sensitive, Stressed Out Kids

Stress Management For Anxious, Sensitive, Stressed Out Kids

Solutions For Anxious, Stressed Out Kids And Their Parents

Sadly we are seeing more and more stressed out kids, children and teenagers more anxious and depressed than calm and content. Many struggle to fall off or achieve good quality sleep and most struggle to relax and switch off.

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So Why Is There So Many Anxious, Stressed Out Kids Today?

Well there is a variety of reasons but one of the biggest causes is information overload from technology another is toxic overload from our environment, food and substances we take in internally.

There is also a major problem with modern day conditioning, where we believe we are more important or are of more value in doing rather than just relaxing and just being. Society as a whole is struggling to be present, struggling to switch off and move from that active, doing state to our more natural state of being. When a baby is born it doesn’t need to try to relax or be calm and content it just is. But with a world based on fear and distraction particularly stimulation overload, the child becomes exposed to more anxiety and stressful environments which trigger off the stress response. This is an inherit problem with sensitive children who are more sensitive to their environment or other’s emotions around them.

stress solutions anxious sensitive stressed-out kids eileen burnsWhat Can I Do To Nurture A More Calm Kid Than A Stressed Out Kid?

Well the first thing you the carer or parent of a sensitive or stressed out, anxious kid can do is manage your own stress. Learn how to live your own life as a more calm confident parent. Kids and teenagers feed off of their parents fear, anxiety and stress.

The next important thing is teach your child simple but effective life skills that will help them experience more calm and peace. One of the most powerful yest simple techniques you can teach your child is meditation. Meditation helps a child stay centered, present and calm within them self no matter what is going on around them.

Another important strategy is encouraging them to regularly unplug and relax, have time out. So many kids are in a state of doing and I don’t mean just physically, I am talking about mentally and emotionally. Most kids playtime is full of distractions that overload the mind, such as their computer,  xbox, their phone or ipad.

I will be adding a range of self help resources over the next few weeks to this site to support you and support your child become more calm and confident. Meanwhile check out my FREE Resources page for a free meditation for you and a free guided meditation for your child.