“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Max Planck, Physicist

Ok, Anxiety in our kids is a HUGE problem.

CDC statistics state prior to 2019 there were 1 in 10 children who experienced anxiety. My guest in this week’s podcast Dr. Mary Wilde estimates that it may be as many as 1 in 3 kids these days.

So, what can we do?

While big picture solutions are complex and hard to control, developing a toolkit is not hard and is essential!

I spent some time today putting together a 10 – step toolkit based on the discussions I had with kids and with anxiety experts in my podcast.

In each of the bullets, I link to the relevant expert’s podcast episode as applicable. Some of them are referenced in the studies below:


  1. Stabilize Blood Sugar [Specifically do a blood sugar balancing breakfast]
  2. Use Essential Oils to support your child’s Parasympathetic Nervous System
  3. Consider CBD Oil for chronic anxiety
  4. An Anti-Inflammatory Diet high in Omega-3s has been shown clinically to reduce anxiety in some kids [
  5. Ear Seeds can help anxiety and sleep
  6. Amino Acid Support [eg, Tryptophan and GABA] can help anxiety almost immediately.
  7. SKY Kids is a breathing technique that supports vagal tone and reduces anxiety
  8. Magnesium Glycinate has been shown to support anxiety at levels from 100 – 400 mg per day
  9. Consider Herbal Supplements and Flower Remedies like Rescue Remedy
  10. Increase your child’s protein consumption [from clean, fresh and organic sources]

REFERENCES given below.

In Episode 117, join Dr. Vaish Sarathy and Dr. Mary Wilde as they delve into the topic of anxiety in children. Discover practical strategies and insights to support mental well-being and empower children to thrive. We will:

  • Explore how anxiety doesn’t define a child’s identity and learn tools to equip them for success

  • Uncover the contributing factors to the anxiety epidemic, including social media and unfiltered information

  • Delve into 4 essential pillars of well-being

  • Explore the mind-body-spirit connection and the importance of cultivating safety and security

    Onward, my friend!



  1. Li, X. et al (2022). Dietary inflammatory potential and the incidence of depression and anxiety: a meta-analysis. Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition, 41(1), 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41043-022-00303-z
  2. Aucoin, M., et al  (2021). Diet and Anxiety: A Scoping Review. Nutrients, 13(12), 4418. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13124418
  3. Doria, S. et al (2015). Anti-anxiety efficacy of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga in general anxiety disorder: A multicomponent, yoga-based breath intervention program for patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder with or without comorbidities. Journal of Affective Disorders, 184, 310-317. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2015.06.011