Help Your Child Reduce Stress

How do you help your child reduce stress?

The following suggestions may help reduce overwhelming stress, both for you and your child:

Breathing exercises/meditation

  • Cut down on feelings of anxiety by taking a few minutes to slow down and calm down. Inhale through the nose for five counts and exhale through the mouth for five counts.
  • Write in a journal

  • Let your feelings out on paper; this can help you organize thoughts and work through a situation or problem.
  • Mother and daughter talking

    Talk to a friend or family member

  • Try not to cope by yourself. Friends and family are there to help, and getting a few words of support or guidance can make a world of difference.
  • Exercise

  • Physical activity is a great stress reliever. It benefits the body and mind at the same time.
  • Cut down on activities

  • Know your limitations. It is better to tell someone "no" than to overbook your schedule and get stressed.
  • Pick a hobby

  • Take time out to do something enjoyable. This can help you relax and refuel.
  • Get enough rest, but don't oversleep

  • Adults need between 6 and 10 hours of sleep per night; children need 11 to 12 hours per night. If you or your child are sleeping too much, it may be a sign of health problems. Consult your family doctor.
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    Now that you know a few methods for helping your child reduce stress.
    Work through tense situations more easily.
    As soon as you begin to recognize the symptoms of stress, remember to help use techniques that work. f

    If your child continues to feel stress and anxiety, consider speaking to a school counselor or your family doctor for further help.