Back to School Challenges and Stressors
As summer comes to a close and temperatures begin to cool (or will soon!), it’s all about the back to school season. This time of year brings with it emotions galore! It can be a stressful time for our kids, and it can also be stressful for MOMS/parents too!
Kids might be worried about starting or returning to school and all that comes with it. For younger children starting school for the first time (those cute little preschoolers or kindergarteners), there can be anxiety over beginning a new adventure in a new environment, with new adults, how to make new friends, and of course, doing all kinds of new things without family there for support.
Returning students might be worried about meeting their new teachers, what friends they’ll see/not see in class, test scores/academic demands, and so much more. Thankfully, kids are also typically EXCITED to begin/continue this educational journey!
Likewise, moms/parents are often worried about how their children will do, and also about what they need to provide in order to promote success (clothes, school supplies, lunches, homework help, moral support) AND how to handle being without their quickly growing babies all day long!
Of course parents may feel eagerness for their children to be socially involved with peers, excited to develop their independence, happy that their children are able to have their brains filled with useful and valuable information, and some parents (perhaps all parents sometimes) feel relief about being able to finally get things done now that their children will be occupied for the school day. So. Many. Emotions!
Emotionally Supportive Foods
As school starts, and all the challenges mentioned above come to a head, all that stress can be hard on us physically and emotionally, making us vulnerable to health issues, so we need to give our bodies all the extra help we can. What a great time to review some of Anthony William’s recommendations of emotionally supportive foods for kids and parents alike. Make these a part of your back-to-school shopping list, and you’ll be sure to start this school year off on the right foot.
- Bananas are amazing for the nervous system as they help to soothe it. The fructose (“good” sugar) in bananas feeds the brain and cools down electrical activity.
- “Bananas strengthen the core of who we are, encouraging us to peel back our false shields and expose our true selves.”
- “Potatoes offer us foundation and strength when we’re feeling blurred, dizzy, foggy, troubled, or adrift in our lives.”
- “Potatoes also reorient us, help us to feel pleased and gratified by our experiences, and guide us to make choices not based on ego but out of true grounding and stability.”
- “The juice of an orange is like liquid sunshine… Oranges take out all the chill and fill you with warmth instead.”
- Oranges are also a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is great for immune system support at the start of the school year.
- Fatty acids in avocados relax the brain.
- Avocado is the “mother fruit” and can fill us spiritually with nurturing, motherly love… just what our little (or big) kids need at back to school time.
- High in zinc, which is critical to calm the nervous system down. (So many of us are zinc deficient!)
Some ideas to quickly for how to add these gems to your daily routine:
- Drink freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning.
- Bananas can be a quick and easy snack by themselves or can be used in smoothies or “nice” cream. Bananas are also easy additions when packing lunches or as a snack!
- Pumpkin seeds can be a simple snack (perfect for lunch boxes) or can be added as a topping for soup or salad.
- Turn potatoes into home fries, nachos, or oven roasted french fries! These can serve as a meal or also as a filling snack to help refuel after sports or after-school activities.
- Avocados can be mashed or made into a quick guacamole which can be enjoyed for lunch with fresh veggies.
Other Tips for a Healthy School Year!
- Also beneficial for emotional stability is staying hydrated! Water is critical for the brain and can help deal with tackling the many emotions of this stressful time. Add a squeeze or two of citrus to increase the benefit!
- Constantly graze, never letting two hours go by in order to stabilize blood sugar. Eat about every 2 hours for best results. (This may be easier for parents to do, but a quick conference with the teacher may allow for more options for your child at school.)
As always, a special thank you to Anthony William / Medical Medium for sharing this critical information that we can utilize, especially during this emotional time in our children’s (and our) lives. The best thing we can do as parents is to provide loving support to our children, and knowing how to do so nutritionally is a great addition to the plan! Wishing you all a great new school year!
Dr. Kimberly Spair brings an enormous amount of compassion and light to her work as a healer. Her personal experience of overcoming chronic health issues while managing the demands of her busy life as a mother, wife and health practitioner gives her a special and invaluable insight into the challenges and struggles so many of her clients face. I deeply respect and honor Kimberly and her genuine commitment to helping her clients heal. She is a true ambassador of the healing information I share.
– Anthony William, Medical Medium
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