Stressed may indeed be dessert spelled backwards, but it’s anything but sweet. It’s just the opposite — it’s sour. Or is that bitter? Whichever one, as my friend would say, “Stress can go suck a bag of ducks.” This handy new catch phrase was born from an Autocorrect. I have no idea what it means, but I try to use it at least once a day because it makes me laugh. And laughter is the best stress reliever, right?
I have a tendency to let stress build, but I’m working hard to learn how to manage it successfully and I’ve written about the steps I’m taking to kick my Worry Wart Ways.
Lately I’ve seen burgeoning signs of stress/anxiety/worry in my ten year old. Nothing terribly alarming, but significant enough to pay attention.
“Fifty per cent of adults diagnosed with mental illness reveal its start before the age of 14. It is imperative for parents, caregivers as well as teachers to recognize stress in early stages and support the child affected.”
My son seems to worry like his mother. Is this something for me to worry about? Maybe. Or perhaps it’s merely a phase. Either way, we’re being proactive. How? We’re arming him with the tools he’ll need to deal with both every day stressors and the more stressful moments we all face at some point in life. Having these skills early on may help him avoid years of unnecessary worry and stress in the future.
A starting point for me was this article called “Stress Busters for Children” written by
Do you talk to your kids about stress? Do you think these exercises are helpful? Do you have any other suggestions?
STRESS BUSTERS FOR CHILDREN
stress in a child. Family events are often categorized as negative stressors,
such as single parenthood, chronic family conflict, loss of a job, or the death
of a family member. Positive events such as planning their own birthday party
or slumber party to caring for a new pet can also result in stress.
Other simple activities to reduce levels of stress include:
Hydrate – Drinking lots of water can help keep a child healthy. With the brain estimated
to comprise of 90% water, it is important to keep hydrated as we tend to
perspire under stress, resulting in negative effects on a child’s level of
regular hugging can positively benefit health by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and also help to reduce stress.
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