Stress can be overwhelming and debilitating especially if it gets out of control. Stress can cause health problems and if left untreated can turn into lifelong issues. As parents, how can we help our children manage or even avoid stress?
“Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations — whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.” (webmd)
How parents react to and handle day to day situations in front of their kids has a huge impact on how their children mature and process feelings. Expressing our love and showing our children how much they mean to us affects how they feel about themselves. We are helping to manage their stress just by how we act around them.
If we are present and pay attention to any behavioral and/or eating changes, trouble sleeping, or increased agitation in our child, we can take action to help stop their stress and to avoid it from escalating. By offering advice and sharing our own experiences growing up they might be able to see that their situation isnt so bad after all and knowing they have their parents love and support will get them through it.
Seeking professional help from a psychiatrist may be a good option to help manage your child’s stress. A trained expert may be what your child needs to learn ways to cope with and manage their stress.
There are so many factors that can trigger stress in a child and many ways to manage that stress. Knowing our child and what might be best for them is a first step and together you can determine the rest.
AlpharettaMoms has been a proud guest writer for North Fulton Family Life Publications for many years. You will find this article in the April 2021 issue of NFFL North Fulton Family Life Publications. April is the last issue of North Fulton Family Life Publications, however, Family Life Publications will continue to publish the Canton and Woodstock monthly magazines.