In a recent article, you reported that 51% of children in our public schools live in low-income households and 25% of all adolescents are experiencing anxiety disorders. You then put forth a number of ideas to help young people combat the growing stress and trauma in their lives. These strategies included “funny talk” in which children chant with their tongues on the roofs of their mouths. Teachers might also begin a class with humming or have students use clean hands or a tissue to stretch their tongues. Children might also be given an ice cube to hold, then asked to describe how it feels. The kids might also do some deep breathing accompanied by clasping and unclasping their hands, crossing their legs and arms, uncrossing their legs. Or they could sit with eyes closed saying “so what” to negative thoughts.
Here are some suggestions you might also consider beyond these and the other mostly asinine exercises to curb stress and trauma that is mounting among children:
1. Break the addiction most children now have to their damned phones.
2. Get all the chemicals and sugar out of the food children consume.
3. Tell our elected officials to stop stirring up unrest for their own political gain and instead set an example for children by treating all people with respect and finding peaceful, sensible solutions to the terrifying problems of our day that threaten their lives.
And 4—According to the CDC, if 7.7% of a population is affected by an illness, it becomes an epidemic. Clearly there is a mental health crisis among our children. So why not staff schools with qualified counselors instead of hiring a couple who are mainly responsible for filling out schedules.