When it comes to stress relief, many of us think about the things that bother us as adults: bills, transportation, work issues, family life and more. But stress is not just for adults, and many children, even younger ones, suffer from problems with stress, too. By teaching your children healthy ways to cope with stress at a young age, you can help them develop healthy habits that will help them become happier adults.
Stress in Kids?
Many children become stressed due to a troubled home life. Problems like divorce, a long-distance move, serious illness, abuse and more all cause significant amounts of stress in a child's life. But there are less traumatic events, like peer pressure and teasing, that can also cause a child to feel stressed out.
Unlike the past, families are not as connected as they once were, and children may lack the support systems needed to help them cope. It is up to parents to teach their children about stress and a healthy way to handle it. There are several activities that you can try with kids as young as three.
Another common reason for stress in kids is taking on too many activities. My childhood seems a lot simplier than my sons. Todays kids have a lot going on in comparison. School, karate, soccer, swimming amongst other things. Its good to keep kids busy and involved, but at the same time they need their downtime too to recharge, or else they may feel overwhelmed and the result can be behaviorial issues.
Here are a few tips to help your kids de-stress.