Tools To Help Calm Anxiety
To calm anxiety, we basically want to calm the nervous system. There are many tools and resources available to help with this task.
Using our muscles is one way to do this. Lifting a heavy object actually has a calming effect on the system. Ask your child to carry a fairly heavy object, within his
capabilities, like a box with some papers or books in it out to the garage for you.
One of the best tools we have found for calming is the door jam bar. Easily installed in any doorway this indoor support bar is strong enough to do pull ups on and has an attachment so you can add a swing or trapeze bar to it. This is especially helpful on rainy days.
There are many door jam bars available, but not all are safe. The bar our occupational therapist told us about that we have had great success with and has a good reputation for being safe is sold by Playaway Toy Company Incorporated. Properly installed the weight limit is 175 pounds. For more information see www.playawaytoy.com or call (715)752-4565.
An additional resource is www.sensorygoods.com. They carry swings, floor products and weighted blankets. Weighted blankets can help those with over stimulation to become calm.
Building a rock climbing wall of any size on your property is a great physical and mentally calming exercise for children also. This increases motor skills, mental focus and has a calming effect on the nervous system. There are kits you can buy and build yourself or you can have someone build one for you. More towns are bringing in rock climbing gyms too.
We all become neurologically “switched” on a semi-regular basis. Simple actions can cause our neurological system to be come confused and the hemispheres of the brain to disconnect. This is when we become clumsy and confused.
Two ways to regulate neurological switching and balance the hemispheres of the brain are:
- STIMULATING THE NEURO-BALANCING POINTS: Place the fingers of one hand one inch to the right of your belly button. Place the fingers of the other hand over the area just below the inner portion of your collarbone. Simultaneously rub both of these areas for 15-30 seconds or more. Then place your fingers over the same areas on the left side of your body and repeat the stimulation. For a demonstration of this please see my video on YouTube.
- CROSS CRAWL: Sitting or standing place one elbow onto the knee on the opposite side of the body. For example, your right elbow touches your left knee. Then place your left elbow onto your right knee. Continue this “cross crawl” patterning repeating it back and forth several times quickly.
Anxiousness comes from many things. External environmental triggers like toxins, but also from internal underlying pathogens and infections. We need to eat right, detoxify and clear underlying pathogens and infections but there are also some natural supplements that can be very helpful during this process and anytime. A few good ones are stress reducer elixir, cannabis or CBD, plus natural brain supplementation including 5HTP is great for uplifting moods. Also be sure there is no mold in your home.
At Home Allergy Reduction Kits
Always remember that allergies to foods and toxins play a HUGE role in behavior. Natural allergy desensitization can be very helpful. Please listen to my podcast interview on these at-home allergy kits that you can do easily do yourself, At Home Allergy Reduction Kits For The Symptoms of Autism [Podcast Episode #143].
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