Yes it is true. Children get stressed. Although they may not have adult responsibilities, stress can significantly impact their lives. It can take the form of anxiety and nervousness, and can lead to feelings of frustration, irritation, and sadness. Unfortunately, majority of children will show some signs of stress during their adolescence.
Here are 5 ways you can help your child manage their stress.
Point Out The Positives
In every challenging or tough situation, there is a positive. Help your child to identify the positives in their stressful situation. It can help elevate their mood and take their mind off of whatever it is that is causing them stress. You may also be able to help your child identify positives on their own.
Use Calming Strategies
Sometimes, children are filled with stress and will cry or lash out. In these cases, use calming strategies. You could tell them to take a deep breath, give them a big hug, and talk to them in a calming tone. Use a reassuring tone of voice to help lower your child’s stress. Using an upset or angry tone will only cause more stress and confusion.
Maybe you child likes to kick a ball around or enjoys certain desserts. Try to find distractions you know your child will like. They will begin to focus on the distraction versus the stress. You can revisit the stressful situation once your child has calmed down.
Make Them Laugh
There’s nothing better than laughter. It can help make the sadness and stress go away. Tell your child a funny joke or remind them of a funny memory. This will release endorphins in their body, which helps to improve their mood. It can also reduce your child’s stress levels over all.
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