Back To School In These Times
Each and EVERY individual is UNIQUE, so using the word anxiety can be misleading, we teach our students to listen to the language of the ‘patient’.
What is anxiety to YOUR child?
Some will say they feel angry and then cry, another child may feel shaky with cold sweats, another may feel exhausted and experience headaches. We are such interesting and complex BEings that connecting AND understanding our children (patients) is absolutely vital.
We have put together some information for you on a few common anxiety remedies that you may find useful for the ‘back to school’ season. Always match the symptoms that your child is experiencing to a remedy.
They are in alphabetical order for ease sake, not in order of priority, the priority here is your child and his/her symptoms.
Aconite – there is fear or even terror of going to school, this can manifest as cold sweats, wide eyes (like a rabbit in the headlights), they can feel chilly. This is the number one remedy for PANIC ATTACKS. They can feel worse from cold weather as well as crowds of people (think assembly time, think school play ground).
Argentum nitricum – this is a remedy for anxiety and nervousness and these children tend to like to do well or perform well in whatever they do. HOWEVER with this ‘performance’, they have strong anxiety. There can be digestive symptoms with anxiety such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating. They can have fear of failing, heights, small spaces, They can be those children that love sweets. (can look a bit like the remedy gelsemium but has loose stools)
Arsenicum album – there is restlessness with the anxiety and waking at around midnight with the anxiety. They can also get exhausted from the anxiety. They can be very organized to keep that fear under control, such as pack their bags the night before, get their uniform ready, and double-check everything. This is also a key remedy for fear of getting the virus, they will wash their hands, ensure all the ‘rules’ are followed to avoid getting the ‘virus’. There can be some traits of OCD.
Calcarea carbonica – do not like change and are cautious. They are the ‘homebodies’. They will avoid risks and have a strong need for feeling safe. They will worry about little things. BUT they are reliable, easy-going, and plod along happily in life, they can be sluggish and also can be very stubborn, especially if their routine or ‘safety’ is being ‘threatened’.
Calcarea phosphorica – tend to get tummy aches or headaches before school. They may even deny that any fears about school. They can become exhausted from school work (mental exertion).
Gelsenium – “Anticipatory anxiety” anxiety before the first day of school. Feeling overwhelmed. Symptoms such as trembling, stuttering, unable to think clearly. They can feel cowardly and weak so they come across weak and scared. Generally has a lack of thirst.
Lycopodium – Feels like a failure. Concerned with looking foolish in front of others. Low self-esteem. Oversensitive to criticism but they may criticize others to make themselves feel better, They can appear confident under the anxiety.
Pulsatilla – generally weepy and ‘clingy’. They need ongoing assurance and support. They are very tactile and affectionate. This is the child that usually clings to you at the school gate. They like to be close to someone, this may be the teacher, they like that reassurance that contact.
Staphysagria – can have violent outbursts of passion, and can be sad and weepy. Can be those that are ‘picked on’ or bullied at school. They can come home feeling sad after being angry or insulted at school. They ‘hold in’ their anger and then it will erupt in bursts. Very sensitive to what others say about them. They are very sensitive.
To health and wellbeing!
Khush and Gordon