How to help your child cope with stress

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Nathaniel in one of his lighter moments.

Considerable amount of stress could be good. However, too much of it is detrimental to health as well as to the general well being of a person. Stress is a part of daily life whether you like it or not.

But only when it reaches the point of something that is beyond your control already so as to interfere with your normal activity that it should be considered bad or alarming. The impact of stress upon children is crucial to their learning as they are still in the developmental stage. Here’s how to help your child cope with stress:

TAKE HIM OR HER WITH YOU FOR A WALK

One of the best methods I found to be most helpful against stress is brisk walking. So every time Nathaniel starts to feel pressured, angry, and bored, I will take him with me for a walk. I noticed that each time we’re doing it together, his mood did not only improve but he’s obviously enjoying it as well.

I would be feeling good, too, as this form of exercise is helping my body reduce the effects of stress in a natural way. You can try other forms of physical activity, too, as long as they’re safe for your child and yourself.

ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO EXPRESS IT OUT

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Infectious. It doesn’t even have to matter what he’s laughing about.

Talk to your child and encourage him or her to talk it out with you, too. Encourage him or her to speak up before you what is bothering him or her or you might want them to write it all down about what they feel. Expressing it all out is like clearing out your inner self of emotional mess.

INTRODUCE YOUR OWN BRAND OF SENSE OF HUMOR

Try your best joking it out to him or her. You don’t need to be an expert humorist to be able to do that, but as long as you’re doing it for your child in your own best way possible then that’s it. The point is not about you doing a Charlie Chaplin or Mr. Bean before your children, but to divert their attention to something that can improve their moods.

TEACH YOUR CHILD THE BREATHING EXERCISE

Breathing exercise is not only relaxing but it is one effective way to control one’s self. Controlled breathing, when done in a proper way, can improve one’s mood. Teach your child the proper breathing exercise and you’re teaching him or her how to control his or her own self. These are simple activities that can help your child a lot to cope with stress.

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