When it comes to stress, so many assume that that aspect of life is saved strictly for adulthood. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. So many children in today’s world are experiencing stress in the forms of busy schedules, academic pressure, weight issues, family drama, etc.
With this stress comes a variety of physical symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, stomachaches, and headaches. In severe cases, suicide is also involved. As adults, it is our responsibility to help ensure our kids have the best childhood possible. That being said, here are some ways we can help them find ways to manage stress.
- Try exercising together. Kids who are physically active show little to no increase in cortisol when experiencing stress. If your child doesn’t care much for sports, try going walking, dancing, playing catch, riding bikes, or playing at the park together. Make these activities a part of your regular routine to help keep the negative side effects of stress at bay.
- Be a good role model. If you’re under stress, try to manage it in a positive, effective way that your child will be inspired to do the same. Create positive, loving relationships and communicate respectfully with others in your home. This behavior should hopefully inspire your kids to be the same, no matter what is currently going on in their lives.
- Don’t stop communicating. Keep the communication going between you and your child; try not to let them shut down from stress. While it’s important to talk about what’s bothering them, don’t jump to resolve the issue immediately or ask why they feel the way they do. Everyone handles stress differently. Just let your child know you are there for them and that you relate to them.
- Don’t forget the power of playtime. In a 2006 study, 41% of children admitted they felt stress due to their busy schedules. While extracurricular activities can be great at building confidence and creating skillsets, you don’t want your child to become overwhelmed over so many planned activities. Unscheduled play is very beneficial to your child, as it allows them to use their imagination and not be hindered by anything.