You might have read the title of this post and thought, ‘stress? Kids don’t know the meaning of the word stress!’ Well, actually, they do. Studies have shown that kids are under more stress than ever, whether it’s from school or from picking it up from their own parents. No matter what you think, many kids are experiencing mental health issues like stress and anxiety in their own way.
How To Lower Stress For Your Kids
This means keeping an eye out and making sure you help your kids to reduce their stress levels is a must. Read on to learn more:
Stop Overscheduling Your Kids
Your kids should have some time to breathe, and shouldn’t be rushing around all the time from one activity to the next. After school activities, play dates, and other things can be great for them, but you shouldn’t be overscheduling. Learn to say no to things.
Practice Relaxation Exercises Together
You and your kids should practice relaxation exercises together – it’ll be great for you both! How about deep breathing exercises, and even meditation? Getting your kids into these habits while they are young will do them the world of good and help them as they get older. Most of us actually take shallow breaths regularly, which signals to the body that we are stressed!
Allow Your Kids To Play
Kids need play time to relax, have fun, and learn about their environment. Play with them, and encourage self directed play. Various games and activities can be great for this – don’t rule out video games, either, as studies have shown that 30 minutes of gaming per day can be great for stress reduction! They could look at the Final Fantasy 15 the new mobile game if it’s age appropriate, but there are a ton of games they could play.
Ensure Your Kids Are Getting Plenty Of Sleep
Make sure your kids are getting a high quality of sleep. Most kids tend to try to fight sleep, so give them a bedtime routine that allows them to wind down, such as reading, drinking a hot drink, and turning down the lights.
Avoid Hectic Mornings
Rushing around in the morning isn’t fun for anyone. Make sure you all get up with plenty of time to prepare for the day with a nice morning routine. It’ll set the tone for the rest of the day and make things feel less chaotic.
Manage Your Own Stress
Managing your own stress is key to helping your kids reduce their own stress levels. They pick up much of how they feel from you, so make sure you’re setting a good example with self care and your own stress reduction techniques.
Focus On The Positives Together
List things you are both grateful for every day. Teach them to see the positives in each situation. Focusing on the positive will get them in good habits and teach them that they have lots to be grateful for. Try doing it before bedtime!
Making sure your kids keep their stress levels at bay is crucial, so use these tips.