Parents can do a lot to help kids maintain their energy and excitement every day. Between school studies, piano lessons, tennis practice, birthday parties, sleepovers, and everything else, children are swamped. Hence there is a need to shield them from child tiredness.
The fast-paced lifestyle of this day in age may allow us to do and learn more. However that can also lead us to higher levels of stress. With scholastic and social pressure at an all-time high, kids have a lot to juggle growing up. It can all be quite physically and mentally draining. As parents there’s a lot that can be done to help your young ones maintain healthy energy levels.
Here are 5 ways to help your kids cope with child tiredness:
Feed them a nutritious breakfast
Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day because it fuels your body for what’s to come. Eating a nutritious and filling breakfast (even if you’re not particularly hungry) will boost your metabolism and give your body energy to burn. A mix of complex carbohydrates and proteins is ideal. Do pair whole grains like oatmeal, whole-wheat toast, or whole grain cereal with milk, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter. Cheese is great for a healthy kick start to your kid’s day.
Encourage them to drink water
Drinking enough water is key to good health. Dehydration is one of the biggest yet most disregarded causes of fatigue. Ensure that your kids are drinking enough water and limiting consumption of other beverages, especially sugary ones like sodas and juices. Drinks like fresh-squeezed juice and milk are also important for your young ones. The nutrients are ideal but avoid brands that contain too much additional sugar and additives.
Fuel their brain with Omega-3s
Omega 3s, which are fatty acids, help you feel mentally alert by keeping your brain cells healthy. They can be found in a variety of foods including fish (especially fatty fish like tuna and salmon), walnuts, flax seeds, soy products and olive oil. In addition to Omega-3s, other vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C and iron are important. in staying mentally sharp and vigorous. Start playing an active role in maintaining a healthy diet for your kids.
Put them to bed at a reasonable hour
Getting enough sleep the night before is paramount to having enough energy throughout the next day. While this may not always be an issue with younger toddlers, it’s important to continue observing your children’s sleep patterns. As they grow, you can help them foster healthy sleep habits. Studies have shown at least 8 to 10 hours a night is recommended.
Strike a balance between indoor and outdoor activities
With increased use of technology raising rates of sedentary behaviour — even in kids — it’s important to cultivate an active lifestyle. This would include both indoor and outdoor activities. Exercising, playing sports and general physical activity boosts energy levels and battles fatigue. It also allows for healthy social interaction. Ask your kids what sports or games they’re interested in. Give them opportunities to try a variety of activities and find a balance for themselves. Child tiredness can be reduced by urging your kids to be active.