Friday Two Cents: Stressed out


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I think everyone has had to deal with stress now and again but we never think about kids getting stressed. This week in a lecture we had a great guest speaker talk to us about stress. Not just for us, because being a student teacher it can get really stressful at times, but that kids can get stressed too.

I won’t go through the entire lecture but there are key points that were very interesting.

Stressed effects kids too

 
  1. Change – changing schools, moving to a new house, even starting school can be very stressful to a child.
  2. Too much to do – this one I have seen in many children. They are busy all the time, from music lessons, athletic activities, gymnastics or art lessons after school kids do not have time to just stop and relax and have quiet time.
  3. Feeling different from the other kids – being teased for being different on a number of issues or being bullied.
  4. Fighting or arguing – fight or arguing with family members such as siblings of parents.
  5. Schoolwork – think of schoolwork as work you did not finish at your work and you have to bring it home. Or not truly understanding the work required or just the sheer workload.
  6. Bing yelled at – from family members, friend or teachers no one likes being yelled at.
  7. Breakups – family breakups can place a tremendous amount of stress that can last for a very long time.
  8. Felling lonely or unloved – this one is probably the most stressful.       How would you feel if you felt alone or unloved?

 

But there are ways to help kids cope at home.

 

Play works miracles

  1. Play – just let them have some fun and play and get some exercise.
  2. Eat healthy food – your body needs nutritional food to function properly, so do kids.
  3. Spend time with them – enjoy their company, parent child time
  4. Love – lots of hugs and kisses, show them you love them
  5. Bedtime routines – this help them to relax.
  6. Sleep – a tired child get stressed more easily. We adults are the same way.
  7. Morning routines – start off you day on the right foot.
  8. Have fun together – they say the best medicine is laughter. A good laugh helps to relieve the stress.
  9. Learn to manage the stress – easier said than done, but adults had to learn this skill and so do the children.
 

I just scratched the surface of the issue but I think you get the picture. They gave us a website where you can go and get ideas and helpful tips.

   www.kidsgetstressedtoo.org

 In the mean time, I’m going to relax and just draw something.

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