September means back to school, and that’s stressful for everyone – parents and teachers, of course, but also school-age children. Fortunately, there are some wonderful wellness methods you can share with your child to promote a sense of calm and focus as the school year starts this September.
Massage is very useful for children suffering all sorts of muscular pains, after-school sporting injuries, to growing pains as bones and muscles lengthen. Massage for lower back pain is great for muscle strain caused by carrying heavy backpacks and textbooks.
School-age children can also reap the stress-relieving benefits of massage as well. By boosting the production of serotonin, a calming hormone, and reducing the “fight or flight” hormone, cortisol, massage helps ease stress and childhood depression. There is evidence that cortisol reduction also helps focus and reduces fidgeting and restlessness.
Yoga classes are increasingly popular in schools, starting in elementary school. Even babies do yoga with their parents. And for good reason. Yoga for children is not only good for the body, it’s good for the mind. Physically, yoga is great for promoting and improving flexibility, balance, and core strength.
Mentally, a regular yoga practice is very beneficial for managing school stress. Yoga focuses on breath control and mind-body connection, allowing children to learn how to manage stress and focus – skills useful not just in class, but in life in general. Children with ADD and ADHD have found yoga particularly helpful in managing their symptoms.
Aromatherapy doesn’t just smell nice – it can affect mood. Incorporate essential oils into baths and candles to help reduce stress for your school-age children. For stress reduction, lavender, bergamot (a citrusy scent), and geranium oils can all help soothe jangled nerves.
If you’d like to give your children a mental boost to help them focus and remember their lessons, consider incorporating oils like rosemary, peppermint and sage into their daily routine.
Meditation is a great tool to help children focus and calm themselves during times of distress. It’s also been shown to reduce hyperactivity. You can lead children in basic breathing exercises, such as paying attention to their breath, or alternating nostrils. You can also have them gaze at a candle for a few minutes, which can induce a mindful state. Another option is to guide children in simple chants, such as “Om.”
Preparing for the start of a new school year is tough for not only the child but teachers and parents as well. While you’re doing some back to school shopping, your child’s teacher is prepping the classroom for their arrival. Preparing the classroom can mean a lot of time on their feet and strain on their lower back. A Zeel massage for lower back pain would be a perfect gift to start the year off right and show teachers your appreciation.
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.