Stress is one very common reaction to an unfavorable situation. As a mother of a young kid, I feel not just adults, but kids are stressed too.
Irritability, loss of appetite, aggression, sleep issues like insomnia, bed wetting, nightmares are some behavioral signs and symptoms of stress in kids. However,with parents support and guidance, we can help them deal with stress and overcome it too.
How To Help Kids in India Deal with Stress
Manage your own stress first
Set an example. Sights of happy, stress free parents build a very positive environment at home.
Do not shout at kids. Let them learn from their mistakes.
Yoga is practiced in every other Indian household.
It is a good idea to introduce Yoga to kids as well. Asanas like Pranayam (deep breathing) not only calms the mind but also ensures wellness by strengthening the respiratory system.It is a kind of stress relief meditation and helps a lot in managing stress and anxiety.There is no age limit to start with these, the earlier the better. Make this a habit with your kids.
3. Schedule Interesting, Stress Reducing Activities:
An idle mind has a lot of time to think about the stressful situations. Make sure you involve kids in stress reducing activities. Engage them in simple household chores like gardening, watering the plants, lending a helping hand in cleaning, cooking, etc. My daughter and I really enjoy baking together. Also make sure not to over schedule. Give them options for sure, but do not dictate.
4. Sleep Well and Eat Healthy:
I have read that common effects of stress on health include: headaches, stomach aches, lack of concentration, obesity, etc. Make sure your children have proper sleeping cycles. Give healthy,nutrient enriched, immunity boosting diet to kids.For example healthy homemade snacks when they are hungry in between meals or a glass of PediaSure with its 37 vital nutrients is something my daughter really enjoys.
5. Discuss The Positives:
Kids are aware of the surroundings. They listen to adults discussing things, news etc. If they know the problem well, make sure they also know the best possible solutions and how they can positively contribute their own bit. Talk to them.Constantly encourage them to speak about their fears and inhibitions, so that you can help them cope. Bust the negativity with positive affirmations.
6. Highlight the WOW Moments:
Today we are living in a world that has come closer than ever before.We spend a lot of time together. Practice gratitude with kids. At the end of each day ask them about their WOW moments and tell them to be thankful for those. It’s all about perspective. The way you make them look at situations. Practicing gratitude will change their attitude.
Let your kids bloom slowly like a flower in a stress free zone!
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