Kids are full of energy … except maybe when they’re sleeping, looking like angels! Perhaps as a parent or adult, you wish you still had that kind of energy. But there are many reasons why kids can be difficult to manage, especially when they may be acting hyper, are angry, or are having a reaction to something.
If you, personally, are dealing with ADHD, or you have a close friend or family member who is … and especially if you are raising a child with this diagnosis … then you should be aware of the impact food can have on symptoms of ADHD. In fact, the food you put into your mouth is probably responsible for about 75% of your overall health, and that includes your physical health, your mental health (thoughts and emotions), and your spiritual health. Think about it – when your body is healthy, you can think more clearly and engage more easily in practices and activities that mean a lot to you. It can help you raise your kids with more clarity and patience … and the list goes on.
Well … it’s true. This pandemic isn’t any fun. There are multiple side effects, not just of the virus itself, but in other ways which are harming all of us. One big thing is that our kids (and we, too) might be experiencing some short- and long-term mental health issues. While most of our kids have not had the virus, due to all the stressing and restrictions implemented in an attempt to safeguard us – like medications – this strategy has unintended and downright dangerous side effects! Other types of top-news events that have happened in the past, such as hurricanes, the 9/11 attacks, and school shootings, have demonstrated long-lasting emotional impact, especially on our kids.
Some of the mental health issues that kids have are anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior (especially seen in classrooms), sleep issues, substance use disorders, suicidal ideations (and unfortunately a very few completions). During times of crisis such as what we are experiencing now with coronavirus, rates of these adverse mental health issues go up even higher.
If you’re concerned about your health, your eating habits, taking medications, getting sick, and more, then you may be ready for a holistic health/living makeover. Hey – it’s a great state of mind to be in! I’ll tell you why I think so.
In today’s world, in times of this current pandemic we’re calling coronavirus (isn’t it a very nice name for such a nasty virus?!), parents must totally revamp their lifestyles as they help their kids learn from home. If you are a parent, you may be looking for socially-distanced alternatives for your kids to being in the brick-and-mortar school classroom. You might be wanting to develop some new or at least more interesting, creative curriculum, or you might be looking for better learning setups in your home.
Did you ever grow up under less-then-stellar circumstances?
Did you ever wish your family life had been different?
Many of you would probably answer yes (although it’s not true for everyone). Or perhaps you are raising kids and it is more challenging than you ever thought it would be, especially if they are in their adolescent years!
Parenting is extremely challenging in today’s environment; of course, it’s been challenging since the beginning of time. Life now is complicated with issues like teen depression, suicides (completed and attempted), a lot of distress, and substance use. Today we live with social media and technology, something that was not as common years ago. All of our technological advances bring increasing layers of stress to our daily lives, both for our kids and ourselves. In today’s world, both parents have jobs, careers, often take care of aging parents, and still need to parent their own kids effectively.
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.