First, we need to try to slow it down a bit. If your kids are not invovled in an activity every single day, it's not a bad thing. They need balance just like we do so don't push them through a dozen sports, lessons, projects or groups. Give them a break and yourself one as well. I suggest at the very least, one night a week where NOTHING is planned and have a family night. Hang out, talk/listen and just enjoy each other.
Second, just like us, they need a balanced diet and multivitamin. If they are still tired, stressed, irritable, etc see a doctor first to rule out any medical conditions. Then find out what natural supplements will help them.
Third, I can't stress enough the aromatherapy for the health of children. It's non-evasive and can offer a great deal of benefits.
Finally, it's not just fast foods and video game abuse that lead to obesity. It's a proven fact that stress and fatigue lend themselves to overeating and obesity in kids and adults, alike.
"Take lavender, jasmine, patchouli or ylang-ylang to help you calm down before you eat your regular meal plan. These essential oils will relax and improve your emotional well-being." (http://www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/aromatherapy-for-stress.html)
Sample of Aromatherapy for stress relief :
- 5 drops of Chamomile
- 3 drops of Geranium
- 5 drops of Lavender
- 2 drops of Lemon.
For massage you can add 2 drop each of Cedar, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender into 2 ounces of lotion or carrier oil, and enjoy a relaxing massage." (http://www.aromatherapy-at-home.com/aromatherapy-for-stress.html)
Essential oils for energy: cinnamon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary
- 8 drops lemon oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 1 drop cinnamon leaf oil
- 1 drop cardamom oil (expensive, so optional)
- 2 ounces vegetable oil
I have, personally, found that massaging my son's back, legs and arms before bed is relaxing to him. Add aromatherphy massage and you will have a happier, healthier kid in the long run. All good habits start with Mom and Dad so step up and get them in the habit of taking care of themselves now.