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“Practice becomes grounded when attended to for a long time, without a gap, with honor and respect.” – Patanjali Yoga Sutras

There are 6 primary roads to mental health: 

1. Food
2. Breath
3. Sleep
4. Education 
5. Movement
6. Energy

This is true for adults and more true for children. Today I want to encourage you to look at which factor you may want to explore for your child. 

One of the mistakes I have made a lot when Sid was younger … er… I made a LOT of mistakes, not just one. But this one comes to mind:

When a technique didn’t work for Sid, I would completely abandon it and lose all hope that any other method or protocol would work for him. 

Instead of being scientific about it and taking notes, I would despair and curse our fate. 

Now, I know better. I know that it is often combinations of techniques that work. I know that the key to seeing results is 3-fold:

a) Consistency
b) Commitment
c) Ownership (sorry, I couldn’t get that one to start with a C!)

I know that I need to make nutritive changes AND work on sleep. But I also know that I am human, and that it is OK to go in small steps.

But here is a secret I need you to know about me: I never give up. I always know that the answer is just on the other side of the wall. 

But I know there is a pretty strong chance that you are overwhelmed and that you haven’t seen success for a very long time in the areas of anxiety, perhaps focus, perhaps learning. 

And I am going to leave you with 4 quick shortcuts to taking a break, so you can find your way to a longer term mental health.

Make no mistake – those 6 roads you read about at the beginning of this email – that is the long game. But when you need a break – these techniques can help you catch a breath:

1. Essential Oils
2. CBD
3. Neuromovement
4. Amino Acid Supplementation [check out Trudy Scott’s work]

I am going to link to Jodi Cohen’s phenomenal episode on Essential Oils so you can get started right away.

Note that all work with Anxiety and Mental Health is best done with the advice and guidance of a health practitioner.

Onward,
Vaish