Trying to stay calm when there is a lot going on can be challenging even for us adults, so imagine how tough it must be for our little ones! Children are constantly being introduced to situations that are brand new to them which can be exciting or overwhelming or even a little bit of both. So, it’s no wonder that, from time to time, they may have some difficulty staying calm and keeping focused – we’d struggle too if faced with all of that stimulation!
If this sounds like your little one and you are after some ways to help them feel more grounded at school, in the playground or even home, here are some simple tips you can try.
Teach Emotional Regulation
Children often struggle with managing their emotions, which can lead to anxiety and restlessness but we can help by teaching them how to identify and express their emotions.
Try encouraging the use of words to articulate their feelings and helping them recognise the physical signs of stress. You could also give them simple relaxation techniques such as age-appropriate breathing exercises they can use when they start to feel overwhelmed.
Encourage Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Just like adults, a child’s overall well-being is closely linked to their physical health. Think about how much easier it is for you to feel grounded and calm when you’re eating well and getting adequate rest (which can obviously be a little tough when you’re a parent!).
Making sure your little one has a balanced diet, getting plenty of fresh air and exercise and enough sleep. A balanced diet should include calcium, vitamin C, D and A plus iron.
Red meat, seafood, beans, lentils, kale and broccoli are all great sources of iron so try to ensure your child’s diet includes these foods.
Another option is to include I’m Nutrients Iron Immunity into your child’s regimen. These supplements have been specially formulated for children, are gentle on the stomach and won’t cause constipation. Better yet, kids will love the flavour which is mixed berry, but you can have peace of mind knowing it’s sweetened with monk fruit instead of artificial sweeteners.
It’s also a good idea to try to limit exposure to screen time, as excessive use can lead to overstimulation and restlessness. Instead, encourage outdoor activities, creative play, and hobbies.
Try a Child-Friendly Supplement
In addition to a healthy diet, dietary supplements can be beneficial in supporting children’s emotional well-being and promoting calmness.
I’m Nutrients is an Aussie owned child focused nutrient company that makes supplements of the quality you are likely to take yourself, in a chewable form for kids.
They were created by a fellow parent and formulated by experts to be easily added to the family routine, without having to bribe or beg your children into taking their supportive supplements. The supplements are crafted with natural flavours, coloured with beetroot powder with absolutely no unnecessary additives – so you can feel confident you are giving your child the best.
The ingredients in the I’m Nutrients range include easily absorbed amino acid bound minerals like zinc, iron and magnesium and active vitamin B6. The formulation has been specifically designed by the founder, Brittany Darling to support her own children’s nervous system health and emotional wellbeing. These are unlike regular kids supplements – they are targeted formulations.
I’m Nutrients’ best-selling formulation, “Calm Mind” has been formulated specifically to support children’s nervous system health.
Promote Mindfulness and Meditation
Introducing mindfulness and meditation practices to your child can really help with their ability to stay calm and centered. Encourage them to engage in mindfulness exercises such as guided imagery or focusing on their breath. Incorporate simple meditation techniques into their daily routine – and yours! After all, kids are like amazing little sponges and they pick up on our energy. By making an effort to prioritise a sense of calm in our own lives, we give our children a blueprint to do the same.
This is a paid partnership between Kiindred and I’m Nutrients.