Back to school. For kids AND parents, it’s a phrase that can trigger either positive anticipation or stressful thoughts and emotions, depending on the individual's personality, mindset and environment.
Stress can affect kids at any age -- from elementary, middle or high school. And excessive stress can harm their emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.
As a parent or mentor, a less stressful, more productive and happy school year begins with you. Your positive example will empower your kids to stress less and tackle obstacles with greater confidence. If you’re thinking, “easier said than done,” we agree and we’re here to help!
Learn how to create a joyful school year with these tools and techniques:
** Support your kids with simple yet powerful lifestyle techniques including meditation, goal-setting and creative visualization. These techniques empower your kids with a renewed sense of control, confidence, and security.
** Support your own calm, compassionate and positive mindset with the PHONEME-INFUSED™ herbs, Turmeric, Tulsi, and Guduchi.
Meditate with the Kids
Deep abdominal breathing is a great practice for kids of all ages. The instructions below will help engage the imagination and senses of younger children:
Ask the child to imagine a large balloon in their favorite color. Then give these instructions:
You can optionally dramatize this by having them use their arms to express inflation and deflation. Thanks to Melissa Eisler of the Chopra Center for inspiring this engaging exercise.
Have Your Kids Set A Goal for the School Year
Ask them what emotions they want to feel during the new school year. Then have them reflect on what activities, mindsets, and thoughts inspire these emotions.
Let them pick goals they want to reach. Things like an A average, practicing a new musical instrument or increasing music practice time to one hour per day.
Make sure they write down the intent for each emotion or goal because they will be more likely to achieve it.
Help Them Mentally Prepare for Stressful Situations
If your child is fearful about speaking or presenting in front of the class, have him/her discuss their fears. You can do some role playing to prepare for common situations, like a tough audience or judgmental classmates. If bullying is a concern at school, encourage your child to discuss typical bullying scenarios (both real or imagined), share the feelings these situations trigger and discuss how they might respond. Check out these helpful guidelines via the web site, Kid Power.
As a parent or caregiver, when you welcome each day with joy and positivity, it will be much easier for your child to feel the same way. These adaptogenic herbs are revered in Ayurveda and Siddha medicine for promoting a calm, compassionate and confident mindset -- and for delivering powerful stress and anxiety relief.
In Vedic ceremony, Turmeric is used when invoking Wealth Goddess Lakshmi, and Ganesha, the Obstacle Remover. Those traditions weren’t decided arbitrarily. Turmeric improves moods. It also boosts confidence and the “fire in the belly” drive to manifest financial goals or other worthwhile endeavors. Turmeric reduces inflammation in the body as well.
Nambu’s Hi-Health Formula is infused with sounds that support willpower, confidence and other qualities associated with the Navel Chakra. This makes it an excellent back to school blend for students, parents, and mentors. It contains black pepper extract that is standardized for piperine, a compound that can increase the nutrients you absorb from Turmeric by up to 20 times.
Guduchi For Anxiety-Relief & Self-Expression
Guduchi is known as a potent and antioxidant-packed youth elixir and immune system enhancer. It also calms anxious thoughts and empowers the Throat Chakra so you can express yourself, and speak your truth, freely. The infused phonemes of Nambu’s formula support communication and expression.
Tulsi For Stress-Reduction & Compassion
Tulsi increases patience and compassion. It decreases cortisol levels, and therefore stress. Nambu’s Love & Grace Formula’s sound infusion process supports the Heart Chakra, allowing you to give and receive love more freely. When working with kids, it can help you become an impeccable role model.