Why is the child stressed?
Your child went to school. But after a while you noticed that he is not as active and awake as before, it is difficult to wake him up in the morning, although he sleeps 9-10 hours, often complains about being tired and prefers to stay at home instead of a Sunday walk, he often gets sick ...
All these signs indicate that, most likely, your child is in a state of stress. And this condition weakens the body and increases the risk of developing diseases. Doctors call stress a “set” of changes in the body aimed at adapting it to the situation that develops gradually, in several stages.
A surge of strength, increased mental and physical activity. At this stage, stress is beneficial, it helps to mobilize strength to resolve the problem. Remember how enthusiastically the child talked about the first days at school, how he woke up to run there as soon as possible. But gradually the loads do their job and the child becomes more difficult.
"Active" negative emotions. At this stage, irritability, anger and even aggression are possible. These emotions allow the child to discharge. Surely, you recall the cases when the baby flatly refused to do homework or go to school, dared you. But you, of course, thwarted all his attempts to “let off” steam.
"Passive" negative emotions. At this stage, the child stops resisting, “speaking out” and dutifully pleases you with success or frustrates you with deuces. Chronic stress is destructive, scientists called it "distress" (from the English. Distress - grief, distress, frustration).
It manifests itself in endless diseases. Statistics show that half of high school students already have a definite diagnosis, in the upper grades suffering from various diseases - 95%. The vicious circle closes: after all, diseases weaken the body even more.
If your child’s life seems like a continuous holiday, if you doubt that your child is experiencing huge overloads that drive him into a state of distress, just put yourself in his place.
To begin with, a children's “working” day actually lasts the same as that of an adult: lessons at school + homework. Now imagine that every day, every hour (in each lesson), you are waiting for the boss to call you and you have to report, so that it is not embarrassing. From time to time, this condition is aggravated by the expectation of large-scale checks of your professional qualities by the authorities (exams, open lessons, city tests
But the children suffer: some, so as not to upset their parents, others out of fear of catching up, others sincerely believe that adults cannot be argued over. But agreement with the proposed regime does not mean at all that they do not feel discomfort. The body is making great efforts to maintain the status quo. But his resources are not unlimited. And they are all different. One got a strong nervous system and good ability to recover. Others were less fortunate.
What if the child has signs of distress?
- Eliminate the likelihood of illness. Helminthoses, anemia, chronic infections can cause fatigue, distraction, frequent ARVI.
etc.To determine the cause, you need to see a doctor and take tests.
- If the tests are okmeans chronic stress is “to blame”. It is clear that you will not refuse school, although here there is an option in the form of home schooling. But you must remove additional loads from the child. Do not completely abandon the circles and sections: they bring diversity to life. You just need to leave those that the child enjoys. And do not be scared if one hobby is replaced by another.
- DO NOT scold him for not too, in your opinion, good performance. Absent-mindedness, carelessness - on the one hand, a natural instinctive defense against overloads, on the other - their consequence. Early as aggression and resistance.
- Be sure to turn on the day walks and physical education. It is physical education, not sports: ski and ice skate, arrange bike rides, swim in the summer.
- Pay serious attention on baby food. Try to feed him more tasty, cook his favorite dishes. They should contain all the components necessary for the child and in sufficient quantities.
We recommend that you include in your daily diet:
- Seafood: sea fish (haddock, flounder, sea bass, cod), crabs, shrimps, squids, sea kale.
What are useful: contain iodine, necessary for reducing performance, academic performance, a tendency to frequent diseases, including chronic; phosphorus and calciumindispensable for bones and teeth, especially during the growth period, to prevent muscle weakness.
- Beets, red and white beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, spinach, peas
What are useful: contain magnesiumindispensable for maintaining energy metabolism, strengthening the nervous system, protecting against the negative effects of stress.
- Liver duck, chicken, veal, beef, coarse flour products, dried apricots, prunes, carrot and pomegranate juice.
What are useful: contain ironnecessary for blood formation, strengthening the immune and central nervous systems and increasing the energy tone of the body.
- Vitamins and minerals. For example, a vitamin-mineral complex for children from 7 years old is Vitrum® Junior.
What is useful: Provides the daily requirement of the growing organism of children in the necessary vitamins, macro- and microelements, in particular iron, copper, manganese and iodine. Stimulates the mental development of the child and helps to cope with school activities. The increased dosage of vitamin C, as well as the presence of antioxidant components, protect against seasonal colds and infectious diseases. In 2005, Vitrum Vitamins for children underwent a clinical study in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus at the Institute of Pediatric Endocrinology. According to the results of the study, pediatricians concluded that Vitrum children's complexes are safe and hypoallergenic even in children with a long duration of the disease.