Therapeutic Tips to Support Your Child’s Stress

Children are facing intense pressures in school, extracurricular activities, and from their peers and family. It can feel like our culture encourages parents to sign their kids up for every club, every team and every advanced class, convincing us that this is the only way to success. Unfortunately, these rising pressures often result in rising levels of stress.

Stress isn’t always bad, it’s important for growth too. Exercise stresses and builds muscles. Stress is unavoidable, sometimes stress presents as excitement, sometimes as dread.

Either way, you can provide your child with tools for managing the full range of stress in their lives.. Here are some examples of good ways to manage stress:

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Practicing mindfulness meditation or simply focusing on the present moment can help to reduce stress and increase feelings of calm. Teach your child to take a moment when they’re stressed and be aware of the present moment.

Another practical technique is teaching them to take slow, deep breaths in through their nose and out through their mouth. Focusing on their breathing will take them out of their minds and into the present moment.

 

Balance

Balance is key to reducing stress. While engagement is important for your child, it’s important to balance this drive for success with self-care. Incorporating balance into their lives will reduce stress levels. It’s important to prioritize the activities that are most important, leaving flexibility for rest. While they can still be involved, guide them in not over committing themselves, as this is where a lot of stress stems from in adolescents.

 

Exercise

Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and improve mood. Kids have a lot of pent up energy and regular exercise is a great way to release that energy. Whether it’s being a part of a sports team or getting out for regular hikes, physical activity is always a reliable way to reduce stress.

 

Quality Time

When your child is feeling stressed, it can feel very isolating. A way to support them is by spending time with them! Sit with them and listen in moments of high stress. If they don’t want to talk, suggest activities like going outside or playing a game.

You may find that connecting on this level will give them space and permission to feel at peace, even in the midst of stress. Connection is key to a balanced emotional health.

 

Just as you experience stress, know that stress for your child is inevitable. As a parent, however, you can support them through their journey by giving them tools for releasing the stress stored in their mind and body. For more support, connect with us at Decade2Connet today!

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