If your child displays non-normative behaviour such as heightened irritability or aggression towards other children this can become stressful for both you and your child. Many behavioural problems can be addressed with Ayurvedic changes in lifestyle and diet. You can improve problem behaviour considerably using a holistic Ayurvedic approach:
Ayurveda and aggression
Sometimes children learn destructive behaviour in the playground. Smacking others and other signs of aggression may be learnt behaviour. Yet an underlying imbalance can lower your child’s ability to tolerate external stimuli, making them more reactive.
In children as well as adults, a fiery temperament is a sign of a dominant pitta dosha. The doshas are the three life energies that suffuse and affect our minds and bodies. Pitta dosha is aggravated by hot and acidic foods. If your child is showing more irritable or aggressive behaviour, you might need to add more calming foods to his or her diet. Hot and salty food increase pitta, while sweet, bitter and astringent food placates pitta. Above all, avoid any caffeine intake.
Using Ayurveda to change disruptive behaviour
Because our brain chemistry is closely linked to and affected by what we feed our bodies, Ayurvedic diet can help to change disruptive behaviour. Cut refined sugar products out of your child’s diet. Sugar consumption is one of the leading causes of hyperactivity. Instead, use natural, pure sources of sweetness in your child’s food when necessary, such as dates or unprocessed honey. Dates are also a good source of other nutrients, including potassium.
An Ayurvedic diet can be paired with other Ayurvedic interventions to reduce disruptive behaviour. Teach your child Ayurvedic breathing techniques that he or she can use to create calm when the classroom or another environment feels overstimulating.
Using Ayurveda to help nervous children
Many children display high anxiety when they are dropped off at school. While most children acclimatise and this fear diminishes over time, sometimes children need a little extra help. According to Ayurveda, the vatta dosha of lightness and movement is associated with a nervous temperament. Wild oats are a good source of vatta-placating nutrients. Other natural calmatives for nervy children include herbs such as ashwagandha, bala, and Shatavari.
When considering Ayurvedic remedies to address your child’s behaviour, speak to your paediatrician to get the go-ahead on any unfamiliar herbal treatment.
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