How to positively address child stress
- Do not be alarmed; these are typical reactions to a stressful circumstance.
- Pay attention to what they’re saying and follow their lead.
- Recognize your worries and fears.
- Avoid making statements that place blame on others, as this can lead to stigma (politics, school staff, etc.).
- Monitor and limit how much time you spend on social and traditional media.
- Maintain a consistent household routine as much as possible, including regular mealtimes (ideally as a family), bedtimes, reading times, homework times, and playtimes.
- Daily physical activity is recommended.
- Spend time in nature, which acts as a natural stress reliever.
- Work with kids to figure out how they feel when they’re stressed and what makes them feel better. They can begin to use their soothing technique, such as deep breathing, as they notice their stress.