Keep Your Kids Stress Free!
Stress is a part of life and can affect anyone at any age. Children, however, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress and often lack the coping skills to handle it. Feelings of anxiety can negatively impact a young student's performance in school and can cause health problems. As a parent, it's up to you to help reduce sources of stress in your child's life. If your child has a busy schedule from sunup to bedtime, it may be time to trim down a few extracurricular obligations. With your child, look at the list of activities they participate in each day. Let him/her choose which ones to keep in their life. For example, if your daughter is struggling to motivate herself to practice the piano, it may be a good idea to cut that activity from her schedule. Having a more open schedule gives children the chance to work on their own interests and relax with hobbies they enjoy. This will also give them more time to work on schoolwork without feeling rushed and overwhelmed.
Perpetuating a healthy lifestyle is the key to staying stress free. Regular physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and feel good. However, this doesn't mean that you should sign your child up for every sporting event your community offers. A simple walk around the neighborhood as a family is an easy way to add exercise without piling too much on your child's plate. Sleep is also an essential ingredient for everyone to feel their best. Children who are in elementary and middle school need at least ten hours of sleep each day. Keeping to a regular bedtime routine can ensure that your children get enough rest so they can stay focused in class.
Your home should be a place of refuge for your children to help them cope with the everyday worries of school, life and growing up. Maintaining an open dialogue is a good way to ascertain if they are feeling over-stimulated and distressed. Don't try to force too much out of them; let them know that you are always available for a conversation. When your child is feeling particularly open, you can ask specific questions about school and their life at home. If you are going through a stressful event yourself, such as an upcoming deadline at work, try to keep it away from your home and your children. Sticking to the usual routine, including family dinners and playing together, can help your children feel comfortable and relaxed while maintaining that stress-free environment.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
You don't have to manage your child's worries on your own. Talking to someone with expertise can help you gain new insights into their mental health. Start by talking to the staff at school, especially your child's teacher. They can help you understand any troubling situations going on at school, some you may not even be aware of, such as bullying. With these type of insights, you can create coping strategies for both you and your child. Although stress is something everyone experiences and needs to deal with, you can help your children manage their worries and cope with them. Working on an approach as a family is a great way to reduce anxiety and improve life at home and at school for everyone.