Holistic Ways to Manage Anxiety and Depression in Children

A lot of youngsters have worries and fears, and they may experience sadness and helplessness at times. Intense fear might arise at any point throughout a child 's maturation. A toddler, for instance, is often disturbed when taken away its parents, regardless of whether they are secure and well-cared for. While children's worries and fears are normal, frequent or excessive forms of panic and unhappiness may indicate depression or anxiety. Internalizing illnesses are so-called because the symptoms predominantly involve thinking and emotions.

COVID-19 has resulted in a complicated set of elements (unpredictability, social alienation, and parenting anxiety) that have an influence on children's and teenagers' mental health. Children and teenagers benefit from certainty, but it's been interrupted since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has caused numerous concerns among children, including if they would ever meet their peers and family, attend school, or fall ill. Owing to the instability in their life, it might be hard for parents to ease their child's fears. Parents are usually good at establishing strategies for their kids, but those plans have been temporarily suspended for the time being. The difficulties that parents face may limit their capacity to respond to their children's emotional requirements.



An anxiety condition may well be identified when a kid does not overcome the concerns and anxieties that are common in early childhood, or if there are far too many worries and fears that they compromise with schoolwork, home, or playtime activities. According to statistics, roughly 7.1 percent of children between the age of 3-17 years (nearly 4.4 million) have been diagnosed with anxiety. Anxiety disorders may manifest itself in a variety of ways, some of which are listed below:

·        Separation anxiety

·        Phobias

·        Social anxiety

·        Being exceedingly concerned regarding the future and the possibility of horrible things occurring (general anxiety)

·        Panic disorder

Anxiety may manifest itself in the form of terror or unsettling feeling, although it can also make kids impatient and furious. Anxiety symptoms might also include difficulty falling asleep and bodily symptoms such as exhaustion, headache, and stomach pains. Because some nervous youngsters choose to keep their anxieties to themself, the symptoms may go unnoticed.



Every child's existence includes times when they are unhappy or pessimistic. Some youngsters, on the other hand, are unhappy or disinterested in activities they used to like, or they feel powerless or gloomy in circumstances they can alter. Almost 3.2 percent (estimated 1.9 million) children have been diagnosed with depression. Depression may be diagnosed in children when they experience prolonged periods of sorrow and despair.

Among the behaviours frequently observed in children suffering from depression are the following:

·        Frequently unhappy, despondent, or irritated

·        Not willing to participate or enjoy pleasurable activities

·        Changing eating habits

·        Sleeping habits have changed

·        Having fluctuating energy levels

·        Paying attention is proving to be a challenge for them

·        Feeling insignificant, ineffective, or regretful

·        Self-harming and self-destructive conduct

Suicidal ideation or planning may occur in children suffering from severe depression. Suicide is one of the top reasons of mortality among young people aged 10 to 24. Some youngsters may not express or look sad, despite their helpless and dismal feelings. Depression may also lead to a child causing nuisance or being unproductive, allowing others to miss the fact that the youngster is depressed or erroneously characterize the kid as a troublemaker or a slouch.


Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing Score in a Holistic Manner

Diet – Eating properly, which means eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet, will help you feel better and have a more positive attitude. Given this, research suggests that there is a link between what we eat and how we see things. Our stomach may also reflect our attitude, according to research: if we're stressed, it may hurry up or become slow. Healthy nourishment for our gut comes from fruits, vegetables, beans, and probiotics.

Yoga – Yoga's application to create flexibility and deftness in the body has long been important in maintaining a person's overall wellness throughout time. Everyone has obviously exploited the workplace environment today. Yoga will undoubtedly assist such people in overcoming their laziness and resuming physical exercise.

Meditation – The influence of meditation on a person's holistic growth has been scientifically verified. Meditation has been shown to reduce feelings of discomfort and anxiety, as well as prolonged depression and stress, when used in conjunction with antidepressants. The modulation of the seven energy centres (7 chakras) allows a person to have a happier, more peaceful life, which benefits the soul, body, and mind.

Binaural Beats –Binaural beats treatment may work differently for different people. While some people claim that binaural beats therapy reduces their anxiety and stress, others claim that it improves their concentration and attention.

Sound Therapy – Musical notes and ragas have been shown to have a calming effect on the listener's psyche, and may even have therapeutic benefits for a variety of cognitive illnesses. Sound therapy, alone or in combination with guided imagery, has been shown to be useful for curing depression, in studies.

Crystal Healing – Crystals have a lot of good energy and a lot of healing properties. They have the ability to open chakras, enhance positive energy, cut through layers of low self-esteem that may lead to depressive feelings, and heal mental health. They may bring uplifting energy and the promise of a new day, even though not a replacement for medical support. The crystal chosen is determined by the individual's name and birth date.

As a result, by taking proactive steps to strengthen, protect, and develop our mental health, we can guarantee that we live a safe, meaningful, and productive life. Also, keep in mind that mental health is not a choice; it is a requirement.