How To Help Children With Stress Relief
Stress Relief is something we all need. Stress is directly connected to Wellness and it can lead to many Health Conditions. In adults, it is very much a daily occurrence but we rarely think about the stress that children endure as well.
After all, they are kids, what do they have to be stressed about? There are more things than you may think.
The truth is stress in children can lead to way more than health related issues. It can totally change a child’s personality and affect their personal growth. Children are still developing and don’t have the coping skills we have as adults so managing stress or even seeing the signs can be next to impossible for them.
There are signs that tell us our child is suffering:
- Acting out
- Poor grades
- Over- eating
- Secluding themselves
- Poor sleeping habits
It is up to us as parents to spot this and get them the help they need. There are simple things that you can do.
Easy Stress Relief Solutions For Children
An essential thing you can do for your child is to keep them out of adult situations and conversations. Your children have enough going on that they can’t process your worries and conflicts as well. It is so important to notice where they are when you are having adult conversations.
We like to believe that we are always there for our kids and they can come to us at any time. Realistically we know they don’t always do that, especially if they think you won’t understand or will judge them in some way. Here are a few exercises that really aid in stress relief and are easy to do at home.
The Forgiveness Circle
When a child perceives they will get in trouble they tend to keep it inside. The Forgiveness Circle is a family exercise where the whole family gets together maybe once a week. You join hands because it creates a connection and everybody makes a confession.
Everyone has to do it and it is kind of a get out of jail free card. Without the fear of repercussion your child will feel free to fess up to things they might think would get them in trouble. With everyone confessing something it lets them see that everyone makes mistakes.
After each confession, each family member will vocally forgive. It is very cleansing.
Create A Judgment Free Zone
The Worry Bucket
The whole family writes down a worry they have on a piece of paper and fold it up. Each person picks one and reads it and every family member has to offer a solution. It is a great problem solver that lightens the burden and lets everyone be an active participant in addition to having a voice.
A Picture A Day
Art is great therapy and often used with children who have suffered a trauma. It is often easier to display what your feeling. In this exercise you are seeing the events of the day and exploring feelings you might not realize are there. When they show you the picture you ask them what the emotion is and what they can do to change it.
These are specific exercises meant to broaden communication. Activity is also very helpful for stress relief. Whether it’s sports or even a pillow fight. Children need physical activity for their health and burning off steam. Letting aggression build up isn’t healthy and can lead to violent acting out.
Having someone outside the family whether it’s a family friend or a counselor can be very helpful if you can’t get them to open up to you. Even someone their own age to talk to.
Meditation is absolute magic for stress relief. It has become very popular in the last few years. You can take a class with your child. They are even teaching mindfulness to children in school. Doing breathing exercises before bedtime seriously helps us all to sleep better.
Stress relief is just as important to our children as it is to us. Look for the signs and enjoy these fun, easy exercises to open the lines of communications and teach how to cope.