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Stress is not necessarily a bad thing – a little stress can make you even more motivated and have the ability to cope in a difficult situation. However, too much stress will put a toll on the body. 

In Singapore, education place a lot of focus on children’ academic performance. Many parents often sign their children up for tuitions and other lessons to make sure that their child can perform well in school and does not lose out to others as well. 

The day of a typical child studying in Singapore often looks like this – after ending school in the afternoon, they will need to prepare themselves for extracurricular activities in school or tuition lessons. Weekends are often spent studying as well. While some children cope well with a tight schedule, others can feel stressed out, leading to some behavioural issues or illnesses. 

Here are some signs and symptoms that can help you to recognize when your child is stress. 

    • Decreased appetite
    • Stomachache
    • 头痛 
    • Easily irritable 
    • Acting out 
    • A decreased span of concentration 
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If your kid is displaying any of these signs, it’s important to talk to them about it and how stress can be reduced or managed. Changes to your child’s diet can help them to relax and relieve stress as well. Try incorporating some these herbal supplements or TCM foods below to help your child manage stress! 

1. Ginseng

Ginseng is popularly prescribed for its many health benefits. It can be consumed as dried slices for your child to chew on daily to maintain general health. Other than stimulating blood circulation to promote relaxation, ginseng can strengthen your kid’s immune system as well as increase their memory and learning abilities. The taste of ginseng might be too strong for some kids, so you can make ginseng tea and sweeten it with rock sugar or add jujube fruit. 

2. Chamomile

Chamomile can help to reduce inflammation, improve sleep and also relieve anxiety. It has the ability to reduce Adrecorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels that is induced by stress. Lowering the levels of ACTH levels can help to calm your child down. 

3. Cordyceps (Dong Xia Cao)

Cordyceps has been used by TCM physicians since the ancient Chinese to fight fatigue, boosting the 免疫系统 and protecting major organs such as the liver. If your child has been feeling fatigued, do consult your doctor if your child is at a suitable age to take cordyceps. 

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4. Calming tea

Drinking a cup of calming tea can help to reduce irritability and calm the child. You can either make your own calming tea by following the recipe of buy a pre-packed calming tea at any TCM stores in Singapore. The ingredients of calming tea generally include natural herbs such as red dates, wheat grain, licorice and dried lily bulbs which are safe for consumption. 

5. Stress-relieving tea

Stress-relieving tea can help to promote the flow of Qi in the body. With a stronger flow of vital energy in the body, it can help to boost the functioning of major organs to keep the body and mind healthy!