- Parents, restrict intake of caffeine and alcohol
- This can help you feel less stressed and anxious
- Try to get proper sleep in order to feel less stressed and depressed
Stress and anxiety don't just affect your mental health. They can have a negative impact on your gut health as well. Most children experience stomach pain, diarrhoea, acidity, bloating, etc, because of a poor lifestyle and eating habits but also because of stress and anxiety. In one of his recent videos on Instagram, lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho says that children can pick up energies of parents. If your child senses that parents are angry, stressed or anxious, they feel sad and fearful. This is what makes children complain of stomach pain when they wake up, and want to miss school.
How anxiety and stress affects gut health, immunity
Similar such incidents are not because kids are finding an excuse to miss school or not eat, but because they are stressed because of the kind of environment around them.
- It is important for parents to understand that no amount of anxiety or stress has ever solved a problem. It is merely unnecessary energy which is getting channelled into something that is not real, and causes health issues.
- Anxiety and stress is usually the result of a person wanting to be in control of a certain situation. Dealing with stress and anxiety is going to be easy once parents realise that not everything is in their control and some things are best left on time.
- No matter the amount probiotics and prebiotics in one's diet, getting anxious or worrying causes inflammation in the gut and negatively affects gut health. Poor gut health can lead to poor immunity and an array of health problems for both parents and children.
What parents can do?
1. Try to not to show poor mood or anxiety when kids are around. Kids perceive anxiety as fear and insecurity.
2. Try to resolve your issues in the absence of kids.
3. Avoid pressurising kids during exams. High levels of stress and anxiety in kids is probably what's causing stomach problem in kids during exams. Try to support, encourage and nurture your kids and tell them that grades are never going to be the driving force in their lives.
4. Realise that you are not in control of anything but the present moment. Worrying too much about future ruins your present and creates nothing of value. Transfer your energy towards being solution-oriented instead of being problem-oriented.
5. Get proper sleep. Being sleep deprived robs you of energy and rejuvenation to think with a fresh mind the next day. Getting proper sleep is thus very important to feel less anxious and stressed.
6. Exercise regularly. People living a sedentary lifestyle are likely to experience more anxiety. Try to workout for 30-45 minutes every day to reduce your anxiety effectively.
7. You can also include yoga and meditation in your routine to feel less anxious and stressed.
8. Consume a healthy diet. Ensure that most of your diet includes home-cooked food.
9. Restrict intake of caffeine and alcohol. The two produces more adrenaline and cortisol, which are stress hormones. Try herbal infusions of teas to calm down and relax.
10. Practice deep breathing exercises. Inhaling and exhaling 6-8 times slowly can instantly make you feel relaxed and calm.
Apart from these tips, you can also try taking out 15 minutes for yourself to just go for a walk, clear your mind and lighten yourself on the entire day's burden. The idea is to be as less stressed around kids as possible.
(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach - Integrative Medicine)
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