3 Ways to Help Kids Handle Stress
Let’s look at ways to help kids handle stress. While we do not often think of stress and anxiety as it applies to kids, children are just as susceptible to the effects of stress as adults. Between school, after school activities and social pressure, kids can also suffer from anxiety and stress.
Here, 3 ways to effectively help kids handle stress.
One of the most effective ways to help your children handle stress is to listen to them. Ask about their day, and take an interest in what’s happening at school, with your child’s friends, and on their team. If your child seems worried about something, ask about it. Sometimes, just talking about what’s on their mind can lighten their load and make stress easier to handle.
2. Offer Solutions.
Listening and showing your children that you care and understand will go a long way towards helping them deal with stress, but some situations might require your help. Of course, resist the urge to jump in and fix every problem for your child, but you can offer constructive guidance towards a solution. For example, if your child is very worried about a test, you could offer to help them study. Problem-solve with your kids, instead of just providing answers every time.
3. Make a Difference.
Kids are stressed by global events, just like adults, and might have just as hard of a time avoiding a constant stream of bad news. If your kids are worried about global events and starting to feel like nothing good happens in the world, consider being the positivity that they need to see. Consider volunteering as a family- community service is a great way to give back and spend time together.
If your children are still dealing with anxiety, consider a KIDS yoga class. Yoga is not only a great way to get kids moving, which often helps with anxiety, but also offers specific tools and techniques to deal with stress. Check out our KIDS Yoga class on Mondays at 5pm, open to kids of all levels over 8 years old.
You can also work with our Health Coaches on Stress Reduction Methods, in addition to doing Yoga and Meditation. There are many tools and methods that can be used to help your child learn how to cope and reduce Stress in their lives.
Kara Unal JD, RYT