In the previous blog post, we discussed ways you can make a tremendous impact on your child and help to reverse dyslexia. Let’s continue with more ideas for helping your little one to be as healthy and happy as possible.
- Get enough sleep—all of you. Sleep is so underrated in this country. Children need at least ten hours of sleep a night, and teenagers may need even more, especially during growth spurts. I don’t know about you, but I used to think sleep was a waste of time. Now I know the brain actually does more work during the night when you’re sleeping than when you’re awake. It knits together what you’ve been working on and it problem solves for you. Have you ever gone to bed with a problem on your mind, and when you woke, you had the solution?
- Eat well. Eat healthy, natural food with family members as much as possible. Plan ahead so you make good food decisions. Remember, eating out costs more, is not as nutritious as meals you can prepare at home, and robs you of quality time and balance in your life.
- Breathe. The ability to breathe deeply is also underrated. How many smokers smoke as a way of inhaling deeply and slowing down for a few minutes? Whenever you think of it, pay attention to your breathing. You may be amazed at how shallowly you’ve been breathing. When you inhale, your diaphragm should move, not your lungs. Try exhaling through your mouth and pursing your lips, like you’re going to kiss someone. Blow out every bit of air in your lungs, and then blow out for three seconds more. Then take a nice deep breath through your nose. Invigorating!
- Listen to great music. Music can elicit a mood within moments. Find different types of music you and your child like for doing math homework, doing creative projects, relaxing, and focusing for long periods. Also, look for music that makes you feel like jumping for joy and just having fun.
- Buy the book Touch for Health by John Thie. This amazing book will teach you to help family and friends with their health. Better yet, sign up for a class in your town. You’ll learn muscle monitoring, among other things. This book is the genesis for literally hundreds of spin-off classes for adults to learn to help children succeed.
- Take a class in Brain Gym®. As with Touch for Health, Brain Gym has teachers around the country. Brain Gym is good for adults too. Slowing down the brain to a pre-crawling stage with certain exercises allows your brain to learn something new more quickly. Brain Gym also offers “balances” for many emotional issues surrounding school subjects. Ask for a Brain Gym teacher to do an inservice day at your child’s school. If you need professional assistance, encourage local practitioners to learn this technique. In the meantime, learn what you can about Touch for Health and Brain Gym. Both classes help create a strong foundation for helping your child. You can also take my online course in reversing dyslexia.
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