Anxiety can come in many forms and it may be difficult to distinguish, but a key factor is often an excessive and uncontrollable level of worry that interferes with daily activities. Symptoms of anxiety can be very stressful for both the child and parents and that is one reason why I’d love to help. Here are some effective ways to calm your child’s anxiety:
1. Deep Breathing Exercises
Anxiety can often produce a more shallow form of breathing that only exacerbates the feelings of worry. With deep breathing exercises or “belly breathing” you activate the parasympathetic nervous system that results in a more restful state for the body.
Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure is a gentle and effective therapy that can be performed by parents or simply taught to your child to perform on themselves. When pressure is applied to specific points on the body, it can relieve symptoms of anxiety and soothe discomfort.
3. Addressing Vitamin, Mineral and Nutrient Deficiencies
It is important to have your child assessed for underlying vitamin and nutrient deficiencies that may be contributing to symptoms of anxiety. Naturopathic Doctors are very skilled at this and provide a wide-variety of testing and treatment options, including dietary suggestions.
4. Nature Therapy
Spending time in nature has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health and is associated with reduced levels of stress. The beautiful outdoors are so accessible (especially in Vancouver), it’s inexpensive, and provides an outlet for creativity and adventure that doesn’t involve a computer screen : )
Not all treatments are appropriate for every patient so it’s always best to see a Naturopathic Doctor for a thorough and accurate diagnosis and to assess your child’s specific needs. In my practice, each patient’s unique symptoms are taken into account and an individualized treatment plan is made using a wide variety of natural therapies including; herbal medicine, vitamins and minerals, dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes and anxiety-reducing exercises.
If your child or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of anxiety we are here to help. Call us at BodaHealth in Vancouver at (604) 733-2632.
Dr. Kyla Buten is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Vancouver, BC who loves treating children, digestion and skin conditions – and does a lot of work with women’s health at BodaHealth.