Hyperactive Children - 3 Proactive Strategies to Calm Your Hyperactive Child
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As challenging as it is to be around a hyperactive child, imagine how frustrated your child must feel at his inability to calm and soothe himself. We all know that a relaxed, alert state of serenity is one of the optimal experiences human beings can have. Studies have shown that this is a state that promotes healing and is the state in which we receive our most innovative ideas and deepest insights. Better yet, the more we experience this state of being, the more we are able to achieve it. In this article, you'll learn three important ways to help your child achieve a state of relaxed alertness, so hyperactivity can eventually fall away.
3 Ways to Calm & Soothe a Hyperactive Child
- Take your child out into nature. This doesn't mean you have to go on a camping trip, although regular, extended adventures in the outside world are a salve for the soul. Sometimes, I just sit with my kids in the back yard under an expansive night sky, sparkling with stars.
There's something about nature that calms and soothes us, inviting us to go within and revel in the inner stillness we see reflected around us. If you're like me, some of your best moments have been spent outdoors. For instance, I remember vividly the experience of backpacking up a switchback trail to the top of a mountain in the High Sierras, each conscious step taking me deeper into serenity and higher to the pinnacle, where I reveled in the endless view and my new perspective.
Nature offers us this perspective—an escape from the craziness of everyday life—an experience of what it is to be truly and fully alive and completely and deeply aware. In order to develop properly, hyperactive children need this inner stillness to balance the damaging effects of hyperactivity. (Do you know that scientists have found that a state of constant nervousness or agitation actually causes DNA to contract?) An experience of "just being" soothes their minds. Nature is calming and healing. And of course, it's healing for you too.
- Help your child discover the joys of physical activity. Although a hyperactive child is overactive, this is not the same as being active in a focused and healthy way. The key to making this effective is to make exercise into a family activity and make it a routine part of your week. For instance, every Sunday morning, weather permitting, you can take your family on a bike ride. Encourage your hyperactive child to get involved by asking him to help plan the bike route. Or keep it spontaneous and let him take the lead.
You know from your own experiences that doing something vigorous leaves you calm and refreshed. By creating these experiences of relaxed calm in the lives of hyperactive children, you will be giving them a state of presence that they can return to on their own. Since the brain changes with the experiences we feed it, these lived experiences actually change the brain over time, forging new neural pathways constructed from a sense of calm.
- Feed your child a natural diet and supplement with natural remedies designed specifically to help restore proper function to the brain by giving it the nutrients it needs. It's important that your child take this supplement daily, so over time the brain can heal and the experiences of calm, alert awareness can take hold. Supplements with holistic ingredients suppress symptoms of hyperactivity while balancing mood and enhancing your child's experiences of the activities listed above. Since the brain is plastic and can change itself with new experiences, natural remedies are an important part of a proactive plan for change.
Feeding your child a natural diet of foods that are fresh from the earth, free of hormones and preservatives will help balance his blood sugar which will greatly improve his sense of calm and serenity.
In conclusion, the most important thing to do for hyperactive children is to help them create experiences which lead to a relaxed, but alert sense of calm. Over time, these experiences actually alter the brain, creating new neural networks. Used in combination with healthy food and quality natural remedies, you can help your child put the brakes on hyperactivity and enjoy a calm, happy, active life. Best of all, your home life and your relationship with your child will improve immeasurably.
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About the author: Laura Ramirez is the author of the award-winning parenting book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting which teaches parents how to raise children to develop their natural strengths and lead a life that is an expression of those strengths. The book is a journey of discovery for child and parent.
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