Suicide Bullying Pressure to Fit In
Pressure to Succeed
America Sees Alarming Spike in Middle School Suicide Rate
As a parent - hell, as
a human being - it is heartbreaking to read this.
Our children deserve better... we all do.
“Researchers, educators and psychologists say several factors
- increased pressure on students to achieve academically, more economic uncertainty, increased fear of terrorism and
social media - are behind the rise in suicides among the young.”
Beyond this, there’s the amped up bully factor. I can’t think
of one person that has not, in one way or another, been outright bullied. It seems to be the norm these days, to have no ceilings
and no floors. Hiding, in safe havens behind social media buttons, are the cruel and thoughtless. As if
there is no human heart on the other side receiving the intentionally hurtful commentary...
We must all learn to be kinder.
Learn to get our points across without tearing souls apart.
The Mayo Clinic shares this list -> What are the warning signs that a teen might be suicidal?
“Always err on the side of asking the question,” Flatt said. “And don’t accept their first answer that everything
is fine, especially if they are acting differently.”
you already think nobody loves you or cares, and then nobody asks if you’re okay, that just reinforces what they’re
Small Towns Face Rising Suicide Rates as well.
How to help when you
Lead the way out of darkness.
Show. Shine. Do.
Be the inspiration.
Overflow with so much growth, positivity, opportunities, that everyone around you is drenched with the excess.
By establishing reasonable
boundaries, you can serve as a role model for others to follow suit.
Healthy selfcare is important, not
only for yourself, but to illustrate.
Focus Attention Sleep
Having a loved-one with ADHD
has provided first hand experience. Literally.
Indeed, Massage helped with focus, attention, reduced fidgeting, and improved overall
calmness and happiness. Sleep was not only deeper, it was longer and more fulfilling. It all added up to a more contented
child, and one that was more able to focus on schoolwork.
But please, don't just take my word for it. Here are a few links to get you started on your research.
Helping Children Find Focus - Massage Calms ADHD Kids
A Hands on Approach for Pediatric ADHD
Massage therapy improves mood and behavior of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity
Adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder benefit
from massage therapy.
Treating ADHD with Massage Therapy
The following article, Right Brain Learning - The Opportunity for Professional Massage Therapists, is geared towards the Licensed
Massage Therapist. That said, it is worth the read. Here are a few noteworthy snippets:
“touch is a critical
component in the child’s brain development”
“The Touch Research Institute actively
examined the effects of massage therapy on children with ADD and ADHD abnormalities. The study conducted by Khilnani
et al., (2003) showed that massage therapy helped “students with ADHD by improving short-term mood state and longer-term
classroom behaviour.” Similar results were obtained earlier by Field et al., (1998). Among other benefits-massage therapy
reduces anxiety and enhances EEG patterns and math computations. Adolescents with ADD benefit from massage therapy by decreasing
stress and anxiety level.”
“The Peaceful Touch program developed
at the Axelsons Institute in Sweden is currently used by 10,000 trained teachers and it affects almost 300,000 Swedish children.
This program showed that massage decreases the level of aggression, anxiety and stress in children and allows them to function
better in groups. (http://www.axelsons.com/peaceful-touch.php)”
“As the Touch Research Institute
showed, massage decreases the level of the stress-related hormone cortisol and stimulates the production of endorphins or
the hormones of happiness. These hormones influences the formation of the Rewards Pathways in the growing brain, thus building
the foundation for proper mental, emotional, spiritual and physical development.”
Anxiety Depression Anger
is a healthy coping option,
which can alleviate fallout,
and bring you closer to overall well-being.
Think cause and effect.
There are consequences to everything...
You can choose how you cope.
The Physical Fallout of Anger: High blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues, muscle tension/pain, weight gain, premature aging... just to name a few.
A 1992 study found that a 30-minute back massage given daily for five days reduced anxiety
of hospitalized and depressed children.
Effects of Stress on Mood: anxiety, lack of focus or difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation, irritability,
edginess, or frustration, anger, feelings of sadness or depression, panic attacks, feeling overly guilty or nervous