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Support for Sensitive Indigo Kids: Nutritional Balance, Essential Oils, Energy Work and Spirituality

Indigo refers to a life color that has become increasingly prevalent worldwide in the past two decades – even as asthma, allergies, autism, and medication for depression have been on the rise. Indigo children and adults may be particularly in need of support because of their sensitivity to energy, chemicals, foods and emotional abuse. Energy Medicine, a holistic nutritional plan, homeopathic remedies and essential oils can have a significant impact on indigo children and can make the difference between surviving and really thriving in their lives.
What is an Indigo Child?

Indigo Children and Sensitivity

All children can be sensitive, but indigo children are especially so.
Indigo is the color of the third eye chakra, the part of the energy “body” that senses things that are not seen by the physical eyes. Indigo children are often gifted with extrasensory perception, heightened intuition and empathy.
These psychic abilities can be a challenge in a skeptical world, especially when parents discourage their kids from following hunches or dismiss children’s insights as nothing but fantasy. Indigo children take criticism hard and need parental support in order to learn to trust themselves and their psychic skills.

Physical Sensitivity
Indigo children may be susceptible to allergies, asthma, and other recurring health challenges. These are not so much a problem of the immune system as an issue with the chemicals in our air. Pollution and toxic chemicals in hairspray, perfume, toothpaste, soap and shampoo, sunscreen, insect repellant and cleaning products can all be allergy triggers for indigo kids.
Like most ADD/ADHD children, the health and vivacity of indigo kids can be improved by so simple a measure as making sure that all personal care products brought into the home contain no synthetic ingredients; eating food pure of additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors; and avoiding certain foods known to be allergy and sensitivity triggers. They do not respond well, on the whole, to pharmaceutical approaches.

Confidence, Arrogance and Self-Sabotage

Indigo children and adults commonly have problems with self-confidence and self-sabotage. Although they often will initially come across as arrogant, most of these children actually walk a fine line between utter confidence in themselves and their abilities (the “air of royalty” that is so often referred to when people describe indigo kids) and profound insecurity.
They take themselves very seriously and may be prone to serious depression, eating disorders, or bipolar behavior. In addition to being hailed as the color of intuition, indigo is known by color therapists as a hue that, in too much concentration, triggers anxiety and depression.
These and other emotional challenges can be lessened with treatments like Energy Medicine, energy psychology, dowsing, homeopathic remedies, and essential oils. The same essential oils that are useful with ADD kids often apply here, as well as oil blends including Joy and White Angelica.

Indigo Independence vs. ADD and ADHD
Among the many current diagnoses of ADD and ADHD are a vast number of indigo children whose needs are not being met by their families or the regular school system. Indigo children are smart, advanced thinkers, and most have no patience for sitting still when they’re bored.
Indigo children will not bow to authority unless they are respected in return. They will not follow directions unless they are given a reason or an explanation. They want to know everything. If they don’t see the purpose of a class exercise and believe they can outthink their teachers, they are likely to cut corners and do what they want to do.
Likewise, indigo children develop their own ways of thinking that may not match the thinking and belief systems of their parents. Most indigos are drawn to explore spirituality but they will not necessarily choose to follow the religion of their upbringing. They are liberal and often radical in their thinking, which can create conflict with parents and other family members over the course of their lives.

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Obesity in School Children

With the advent of snack foods, fast foods, and empty calories, school children continue to get larger and less active. Our society provides healthy meals and choices but most kids prefer junk food to nutritious choices. This empty calorie lifestyle along with a sedentary activity level lends to children who are plagued with weight problems. Many parents are also overweight and unhealthy.

Weight Gain is up in Young People

From kindergarten to high school, it is possible to spot overweight students. The obesity brings with it many well-concealed neurosis as well as difficulties when interacting with classmates. Many times a roly-poly body covers a poor self-esteem. This oversized body not only affects how the student feels about his or herself but also how others feel about him or her.

Because people are predisposed to stereotypes it often considered that the overweight child is passive and good natured. This is not always true. The obese child can be passive because of reasons of sheer bulk. They are not always good natured. This is often due to the fact that they can be ridiculed and tormented in school.

It is the teacher’s responsibility to impress upon all students that there is a relationship between food intake and the amount of exercise they get. Each school should offer a well-planned health and exercise program for students. The earlier these programs start the better for the students. Many schools offer nutrition classes and afterschool activities to foster a wider range of physical activity.

Weight Gain Is a Medical Issue

Teachers of obese students must walk a fine line when trying to help with the weight issue. If the student is old enough to know what it means to assume responsibility for his or her own actions then talking about weight control will not be so difficult but younger students might not be aware of how their health is being affected. It is important to note that dealing with weight is a medical issue and losing weight, dieting, and increasing exercise should usually be done under the care of a physician. Teachers have a great deal of control and can be an effective agent of change for the overweight student.

Before talking to a student whose weight is causing problems, consult the student’s health record to learn if the child might have a history of obesity. Many times children have diseases or are on medicine that may increase weight.

Involve School Counselors

Involve the school counselors. Discussing a student’s weight issues should NEVER be done in class or while other students are listening. Confidentiality is crucial when dealing with sensitive issues. Speak with the PE staff about how the student is performing during gym. You might suggest taking the whole class for a nature walk, or to play a game during recess.

Showing that as a teacher, you value movement can often spark a non-motivated student to want to perform. When talking to the student’s parents ask if they know of some ways to encourage their child to get more active. What does he or she like to do at home? Does the child have favorite snacks? Favorite healthy foods?

A class activity might be a taste challenge where healthy snacks are brought in and each student gets to try a bite and rate the snacks appeal. This will not only expose the student to new varieties of snacks but also give the teacher an ideal of what the student likes.

Most importantly make sure as a teacher and a leader that you do not allow abuse, taunts, and /or cruelty to be part of the student’s day. It is difficult enough to handle peer pressure and with teenage suicides on the rise it is one way to make sure that each student feels safe and secure during his or her school day.