Like adults children also experience a variety and spice in their life with some days being good and the others not so good. For some, the bad days just last longer than expected. As children grow it is very normal for them to feel cranky or low. They have to go through a plethora of feelings and accordingly learn to deal with the same.
But did you know that childhood depression is not just feeling the normal blues? It is something more than that and can affect a child’s mental and physical development. Though it is very difficult to differentiate depression from sadness in 3-8 years old children, you can still keep a watch on your child if you see the following signs and symptoms for more than two weeks or longer:
- Temper tantrums
- Sad and unhappy most of the times
- Doesn’t do what you ask them to do
- Talk negatively about themselves
- Takes the blame for all the mistakes
- Is not interested in playing
- Loss of appetite
- Has trouble in sleeping
- Problems in fitting in with children either at school or at home
These are a few symptoms to watch out for in the children. If the child is depressed it is very difficult for him to enjoy the day to day activities. This also affects the way they learn things. If signs of depression can be found it is best to seek medical advice as those suffering can recover if the right treatment and care is rendered to them.
Now parents, if you find that your child is a victim of depression, then don’t blame yourself. I know it can be really hard and upsetting to see your child suffer. While you set out to help your child, remember to take care of yourself first.
Other than seeking medical advice you can also include certain ingredients from your kitchen in your child’s diet. These ingredients are:
Holy Basil (Tulsi): Also known as the ‘Queen of Herbs’, this herb is found in almost everyone’s home. The holy basil is known for its medicinal properties and for more than 3000 years now. It is believed that Tulsi, helps to improve stress, anxiety and depression. Research shows that basil helps in decreasing the amount of cortisol which is released during stress. Eating 10-12 leaves twice a day helps to keep depression at bay by increasing the emotional and physical endurance.
Cardamom: This is one of the premier spices that we use in our kitchen. This spice is known for its aroma also helps to improve health. It is a natural anti-depressant as it helps to uplift the mood. Boiling cardamoms in water or adding them to tea helps to enhance the blood circulation which in turn elevate the moods, relieve tensions and depressions. Cardamom oils used in the form of aromatherapy are also beneficial.
Black Pepper: Also, known as kali mirch is a very common spice in each kitchen. Along with adding zing and added flavour to the food, it is also effective for treating depression. According to a study, black pepper is considered to be a natural anti-depressant. It consists of a compound known as piperine, which is believed to soothe depression along with increasing the cognitive function. Piperine helps to stimulate the nervous system and blocks the molecules which are responsible for depression. Black pepper also increases the level of the happy hormones and regular consumption helps one to stay stress-free.
Ginger: When I think of ginger, I think of the ginger ale, ginger cookies and ginger drops. Ginger an evergreen herb is indeed very versatile and is known to boost memory, attention, regulates mood by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters and protects the brain. Ginger helps to increase the blood flow to the brain which in turn help to keep the energy levels high. Adding ginger to tea helps to uplift mood and dismiss negative thoughts.
Lemons: Though not a herb, but did you know that a glass of lemon water a day keeps depression away. When we have a lemon with water it helps in the proper functioning of the nervous system. This is because lemons are high in potassium. Anxiety and depression are often due to low levels of potassium. When the brain does not get sufficient signals from the nervous system, then depression and anxiety may develop. Thus having a lemon with water helps.
These are just a few ingredients which are used on a daily basis in our kitchens. Having these and offering these to our children can help them battle against depression.
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