Not all bugs need drugs. For teens dealing with health issues, there are many alternatives to prescription medication. Simple lifestyle changes or natural remedies can help with minor ailments and physical or mental issues, so make sure you consider all options out there before resorting to pharmaceuticals. Here are just a few common fixes for health issues experienced by teens.
Stress and Anxiety
When you’re experiencing mental health issues, it can be a challenge to simply start the day, let alone accomplish everything you need to do. One way to get off on the right foot is to add some structure into your life. Establishing a good morning routine can help. There are lots of little things you can do to ward off anxiety, like enjoying a cup of tea, taking a walk in nature, journaling, eating well or hugging your cat.
Cold and Sinus
Put that cold medicine away! There are more natural, cheaper ways to feel better, while avoiding unwanted side effects. A classic home remedy is the combination of ginger, lemon and honey. It soothes the throat and loosens congested sinuses. Another way to defeat mucous is to inhale steam from hot water with a drop of your favourite cold-fighting essential oil.
Acne and Rosacea
Puberty sure does a number on your skin. When teen’s hormones are in flux, they’re especially prone to acne breakouts. Acne can also be the result of stress. A few simple things to do are to cleanse regularly, moisturize, keep a clean diet and never pop your zits. A dab of tea tree oil directly on the affected area can help the healing process too.
Whether you bumped into a hot pan or spent too much time soaking up the sun, aloe is your friend. Not only does it have a soothing and cooling effect, but it reduces inflammation and prevents infection. Other surprising natural burn treatments include vanilla extract, honey, mint toothpaste and diluted vinegar.
A hot water bottle and the potassium from a banana will go a long way towards relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, more commonly known as PMS. Potassium helps the cramping muscles to relax, while heat is helpful for that slow dull ache. Exercise will also reduce pain and give your mood a boost.
Sleep is particularly important for teenagers, and insomnia can make life very difficult. There are a few things to do that can help your teen prepare for lasting, good quality sleep. Avoid exercise and food before bed, turn off all screens at least half an hour before going to sleep and keep your bedroom dark and cool.
Mindfulness can help your teen on their way to beating an eating disorder. Taking time to breathe and focus on themselves can boost their confidence and help them control how they approach their relationship with food. Meditation, yoga and art therapy are ways for your teen to take their wellness into their own hands.
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