Now through Spring can be one of the busiest times of the year for parents and children. We welcome the crisp autumn air, but let's face it. The school year is hectic. As soon as the alarm clock rings in the morning to lights out at bedtime, you are squeezing in a lot during the school year.
Parents have school events to attend, after-school activities to shuffle to weekdays, homework to supervise and dinner to make. And the kids, well, they have to be on task from morning to night.
The school year can produce anxiety for many children. New teachers, new classmates, new curriculums, and new routines...can add up to stress and worry. The good news is there are ways you can help your child manage their stress.
Children thrive on routines, and developing a morning routine as well as a bedtime routine can help to provide structure, which can calm nerves. A little preparation the night before can go a long way towards reducing the hectic nature of a rushed morning.
Snacks and lunches can be packed at night (and put into the refrigerator until morning), clothes can be picked out before bed, and homework can be packed into backpacks the night before.
Everyone feels calmer and less anxious when the morning is relaxed and peaceful. Routine charts, as shown in these free printables can help remind everyone in the family what needs to be done and when.
Essential oils are another tool for helping children cope with the stress of a school year routine.
At bedtime, try diffusing the special Young Living Blend essential oil Peace and Calm II, along with Lavender essential oil to assist in relaxation and to turn off those worried thoughts for the night.
In the morning, a combination of Stress Away and Orange essential oils help ease anxiety and clear the mind for the day to come. Or replace Orange essential oil with Peppermint essential oil to awaken the senses and the mind and get the day off to a great start! A great homework blend is Clarity Essential Oil. We recommend experimenting with oils to see what scents appeal to you and children. The essential oil journey can be tailored to your individual senses.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Kim Prejs, is a Healthy Living advocate, mother of two beautiful elementary-school aged children,has a B.S. in psychology and a Masters in early childhood and elementary education. She spends five mornings a week teaching preschool in North Carolina. If you use Kim's referral number to save 24 percent on Young Living Products as a member, she will be assigned as your YL mentor and you will be invited to join a private Facebook group with Living Young and Healthy Editors and EnjoyLife Oils members. Read why we recommend Young Living Essential Oils in our Essential Oils 101 section.
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