Nurturing Family Well-Being During Wildfire Smoke: A Guide to Reduce Agitation and Promote Mental Health
I've lived in the Okanagan for the past forty plus years, half of those as a mother to three boys, and I have sat through summer after summer of smoky, smelly skies. ( 10 years ago I even created a documentary the 2003 wildfire ) Regardless, throughout these years, I have witnessed my eldest child acquire asthma from wildfire smoke inhalation, after not following the advice of environment Canada's recommendations and not knowing the risk of repeated exposure.
For anyone looking for advice on what you can do during low air quality times, here is a guide I've put together:
As wildfires continue to wreak havoc across Canada and the USA, the adverse effects of wildfire smoke on families' health and well-being are becoming increasingly evident. Prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke can lead to respiratory issues and heightened levels of stress and agitation. To safeguard your family's health and maintain mental well-being during these challenging times, implementing natural supportive steps is crucial. In this guide, we will explore measures families can take to reduce agitation caused by wildfire smoke and ensure their mental health remains supported.
Monitoring Air Quality
The first step in protecting your family from wildfire smoke is to stay informed about the air quality in your region. Thankfully, several resources are available to access real-time air quality data in both Canada and the USA. Here are some reliable sources:
Diffusing Essential Oils
Essential oils have been known for their therapeutic properties, and some can be particularly beneficial during periods of wildfire smoke-induced agitation. When diffused properly, certain essential oils can help purify the air and promote a calming atmosphere. Here are some recommended essential oils for diffusing:
Remember to use high-quality essential oils and follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe diffusing practices. I use and highly recommend doTERRA essential oils.
Alternative Indoor Activities
To protect your family from wildfire smoke and support their mental health, consider engaging in alternative indoor activities that can bring joy and relaxation. Here are some ideas:
During wildfire smoke events, families must take proactive measures to reduce agitation and support their mental health. By monitoring air quality, diffusing essential oils, and engaging in alternative indoor activities, you can create a safe and nurturing environment for your loved ones. Remember to stay informed about air quality through reliable resources and prioritize your family's well-being during these challenging times. Together, we can weather the smoke and emerge stronger and more resilient.