3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health

Every parent wants his/her child to feel happy.  Happiness is driven by a series of choices.  How we choose to feed our children, discipline our children, care for our children all impacts their mental health.  It isn’t one factor that leads to depression, anger, irritability or anxiety.  Sit back and take stock of the daily decisions you make as a parent.  Where you see there is need for improvement – seek out positive change.  It all begins with you.  And I have a funny feeling you are up for the task.  Don’t sell yourself short…dig in and get to work.

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How Food Impacts Your Child’s Mood

I know what you are thinking- those cookies look really good right now.  And I would agree.  Something about a chewy chocolate chip cookie makes me happy.  Well, guess what?  It may not all be in our head.  There is a sneaky little reason why we feel happy when we eat comfort foods like pizza and cookies.  Scientists call it, dopamine.  I call it, heaven.

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Check Out Chickpeas For Your Mental Health

The glorious chickpea, when consumed at appropriate levels (it is hard not to go crazy with these guys), fills us with necessary nutrients to send us on a path of good health.  If you are looking for an array of vitamins and minerals; search no further.  Chickpeas are compact weapons of mass restoration: iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus, folate, manganese, protein and fiber.

Oh, yeah.  AND magnesium, potassium, selenium, Vitamin B6, calcium, Vitamin K and thiamin.

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What Your Child’s Anger Really Means

Anger in a child can be baffling for a parent.  Where did it come from?  And why?  It can trigger your own anger as you see your child begin to spin out of control; lashing out at those closest without provocation or regret.  As a parent, I struggle to keep my angry feelings in check when I see the flares begin to fire from across the room.  I want to rescue one child and reprimand another.

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Quiet Nerves With Green Tea

 

Green tea is a favorite of mine.  I drink it all morning and into the afternoon.  I drink it hot and cold.  No sugar, no lemon… I take it straight up.  I come from a long line of Terry women who drink their tea by the gallon.  I  joined this distinguished group of women a little over 7 years ago when I decided once, and for all, to kick Diet Dr. Pepper to the curb.  Too afraid I would be lured back in by the deceitfully sweet taste of my zero calorie soft drink; I haven’t cracked a can or swigged a sip since I found out I was pregnant with my second child.  Unlike my aunts and my mother, I do not drink gallons of tea but nothing gives me more pleasure when I first wake in the early hours of the morning and now I know why.

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Write Away Worry

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Write away your child’s worry!  If your child is dealing with a great deal of anxiety; grab your paper and a pencil and let them start writing.  They can write about anything.  It is the act of writing that pulls the brain out of worry mode.  Keep writing until the anxiety subsides.  Each time the anxiety re-emerges; get out your notebook.  You are helping your child’s brain switch gears.  You will be happy to know it works just the same for adults. Happy journaling!

When to Seek Treatment for Your Child

qtq80-ydp43iI hesitated writing this article.  The topic is truly subjective in nature.  For obvious reasons, there is a great deal of weight to the question of whether or not someone should seek help for their family.  If I am correct in my thinking and you are grappling with the answer then my thought is you already have your answer.  Chances are you have been debating for months or even years before clicking on the title of this headline.  So, I ask you.  What is holding you back from making the next step?

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Moods and Foods: What No One is Talking About

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I’m no scientist but I am going to take a leap and say your brain is attached to the rest of your body.  Crazy, I know. Now, I am really going to go out on a limb and say that the brain is a vital organ we ignore, better yet, shun.  If our brain isn’t functioning; let’s say, up to par; we simply write it off.  We dismiss illnesses of the brain.  We shame the poor health of the brain.  We take a diagnosis of the brain and we call it, “crazy.”

Last time I checked, no one called an illness of the heart, “psycho.” No on one has ever labeled an illness of the pancreas as “nutso.” In this day and age, most people, mildly agree to the notion that the way they live and the foods they eat influence their health. But not if that health is above the neckline.  Nope, that is where we stop dead in our tracks.

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Good News About Your Child’s Anxiety

Good news! No, great news! Anxiety won’t kill you! Bad news! It just feels like it will.  Anxiety can rear its ugly head in countless ways.  Your child may frequently complain of stomachaches, headaches, and dizziness.  They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.  Little Susie may grab her chest and cry that she feels short of breath.  Her heart may feel like it’s racing.  Her body drenched in sweat may begin to shiver as she experiences a sudden onset of chills and you as a parent may be at a loss as to what to do.

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