Originally Posted by coleslaw
My 9yo dd has always been on the anxious side, but the past few years has been riddled with nightmares and sleeplessness, on her part, and therefore, on our part. From a natural standpoint, what can I do to help her? Like auromathereapy, ideas on chiropractic work, etc. anything like that. We've done the therapist route and it didn't work. We didn't pick the right therapist, unfortunately and may go down that route again in the future, but for now, we are looking at other options. Thanks for any info you can give.
I had major anxiety as a child, starting at about 6 or 7 old. I could go on forever about the different ways it manifested, but one of the major ones was sleep anxiety. Major. I never went to therapy and never took medication and really didn't talk about it much with my parents or anyone else. Maybe I thought it was normal... or maybe I knew it wasn't normal and was afraid of delving into it. Either way, at one point I brought it up with my dad (who is a yoga instructor) and he gave me some basic breathing excercise which were and are incredibly helpful. For instance if your dd is feeling anxious, breathing in for an 8 count... hold for 4... breath out for 8. Really concentrate on the counting and on breathing slowly. It's hard to concentrate on anything else and it's very centering.
I know it's not a fix, but it's a really good and comforting tool to have in the backpocket.
Not sure if that's helpful, but again... I had major anxiety (and OCD) as a kid (now it's more mild, but still hangs around) and I had to at least tell you that I feel for you and your dd. It makes my palms sweat just thinking about all of the anxiety issues I had as a child and I wish no child ever had to feel any of those feelings.
Another helpful thing might be Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. You can buy it in an easy spray and I (and many other people) have had really good results in general. You could tell her that she can spray it whenever she feels nervous and that it will help her not feel that way. You can't overdoes with it, so she could keep it with her all the time and it might be comforting.