When young people get home from school this week they are going to be INCREDIBLY TIRED. WHY???

Excitement and stress (which they will experience in bucketloads) will release adrenalin in their bodies.  This adrenalin will needs to be offset in order to rebalance.

Our kids will need to deliberately plug into calm (and in doing so activate their parasympathetic nervous system). They can do this by using all the common-sense stuff you might anticipate.

Keep these things in mind tonight:

DEEP BREATHING

Anxiety is transferable and so is calm. Things like reading a book together, hair brushing, playing cards, watching a screen or painting nails all allow for two people to be close enough to transfer calm.

LOTS OF TALKING  

Talking can be counterproductive if conversations aren’t what I call “high quality”.  Amongst other things, high quality conversations have are well time. Daily reflections should be done as early in the evening as possible as it is likely to active their brain. After debriefing, it can be helpful to allow teens and young people to ’stare into the fire’ by watching TV as part of the family.  Watching television relaxes you. The almost undetectable screen flicker is a perfect mechanism for lowering our brain waves into the alpha state, the condition we’re going for when we meditate. This is why it’s so effective for calming an agitated or over-stimulated kid!  (of course – everything in moderation – not too much TV time that eats into sleep time and … see the next point!)

TECHNOLOGY

Screen time releases the production of melatonin in the brain, which interferes with sleep.  Try and avoid cellphones, bright lights, computers, loud music, and TV at least 1 hour before bedtime.

SLEEP

Sleep is super important to help our bodies heal, recharge, and boost the immune system.  Teens and young people need a lot more sleep than adults do.  Research shows they need between 9 and 9.5 hours sleep each night.

DRINK MORE WATER

Dehydration can result in number of difficulties with concentration and, of course physical tiredness.  Making sure your ‘little-me’s’ drink around 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds. 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds. 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years is recommended.

Consider more of a step down approach to bedtime and allow a few more hours than normal to unwind and de-stress.