Easing Your Child's Post-Election Anxiety
A recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that over 50% of children in the US feel anxiety and fear since Trump’s election. This number is significantly higher in Muslim children, children of color, and children in immigrant families.
The stress, grief, and anxiety relating to Trump’s election is not only being felt by adults - it is also having a dramatic and unique impact on kids.
- Tantrums, irritability, crying more frequently
- Acting out at school
- Disturbed sleep or bad dreams
- Worrying, fretting, repetitive behavior
- Stressed or anxious expression
- Aggravation of fears or phobias
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
- Stomach aches, diarrhea, or constipation
These symptoms may be especially noticeable or aggravated in children who are included in one or more of the identities that have been targeted or threatened by the Trump administration - female children, LGBTQ children and adolescents, children of color, immigrant children or children whose parents are immigrants, and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable to confusion and stress over recent events.
Talk About It
Many parents think that by avoiding the subject of the election and the behavior of the Trump administration, they can shield their children from the majority of its impact. However, most children have a surprisingly complex understanding of current events - either due to things they have overheard from adults, things they have read on social media, things they have heard on the radio or seen on TV, or things they have discussed with their peers.
Encourage Your Kids to Get Active
Take Care of Yourself
Herbs for Anxious Kids
In addition, lavender essential oil added to an oil diffusor can provide a relaxing aromatherapy effect for anxious kids.
Skullcap: Skullcap is a gentle and relaxing herb that can be taken as a tincture or a glycerite (alcohol free extraction). It is a mild relaxant and antioxidant, and may help with child or adolescent depression. The use and dosage of this herb can vary depending on age - for recommended use, contact your pediatrician, herbalist, or naturopathic doctor.