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7 Tips for Helping Your Child Manage Stress

At any age children can experience stress and worry at one time or another. Probably, young people suffer from stress more than adults due to their lack of experience and emotional capacity in dealing with these situations. Of course, some of these feelings are not only normal and healthy, they’re necessary for children to be able to develop the skills to cope with life’s challenges.

Frequent stomach aches, being nervous, sleep disturbances, refusal to go to school, headaches, and significant change in eating habits are signs that your child may be experiencing stress.

Because parents are their children’s first teacher, they can play a crucial role in helping them to learn how to recognize and express their emotions, and to use healthy ways to cope with the stress they experience.

Here are some tips to help your child manage their stress effectively:

  1. Make time to talk
    Ask your child how they feel, and what’s making them feel that way. Encourage and help them put their emotions and feelings into words. You can’t solve every problem your child goes through, but by teaching them healthy coping strategies, you’ll prepare them to manage stressful situations that may arise in the future.

  2. More sleep for your child
    Getting enough sleep helps your child feel less stressed. Schedule time for your child to sleep and an unnegotiable bedtime.

  3. Limit your child’s screen time
    Children who spend a lot of time using technology are more likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed. So, put limits on your child’s tech use and encourage family time and activities.

  4. **Be a positive role model **
    When it is possible, talking to your child about your tough day at work is beneficial because it allows an opportunity to explore how to manage with stress effectively. You can do this by showing your child various coping methods in the form of relaxation techniques and finding a calm time and space to relax with them.

  5. Stop overscheduling
    Keeping your child busy all the time is unhealthy and can be the main source of their stress and anxiety. Allow time for open, unfulfilled time and enable imagination and creativity which will generate their ability to self-engage. If we continue to throw activities at our children they are incorrectly developing a self-belief that without adding something to himself/herself, he/she is nothing!

  6. Connect
    Get in touch with school staff and teachers. This will not only help you to find out about how your child is doing, but it will give you another opportunity to praise your child and build on their self-esteem. Additionally, you may also be able to identify any areas of support your child may need.

  7. **Get Help **
    If stress is affecting your child’s emotional and mental health, it’s important to speak to the School Counselling Team who can provide support and guidance on this issue.

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