How to Discuss Stress Management With Your Children

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How to Discuss Stress Management With Your Children

Stress is commonly thought of as an adult problem, but it can affect children too. In fact, a recent poll showed that chronic stress is one of the top health concerns among children. Children who are not taught how to manage stressat an early age are very likely to become stressed adults. Additionally, stress has been linked to numerous illnesses. That is why it is important for children to learn how to effectively deal with stress. Below are some things that parents can do to help their children manage stress:

Spend Time With Your Children

One of the best things that parents can do to reduce their child’s stress level is spend quality time with him. Quality time helps strengthen the bond between the parent and the child. If a child has a good relationship with his parents, he will be more likely to talk to him when he is feeling overwhelmed. Taking family bike rides and playing games are just two of the many ways that parents can spend more time with their children.

Do Not Over Schedule

It is great for a child to be involved in activities outside of school because they help them make friends and build important life skills. However, many parents make the mistake of allowing their child to participate in too many activities. Over scheduling is a major source of stress. It is very important for parents to make sure that your child gets enough down time for fun and relaxation.

Make Sure That Basis Needs are Taken Care of

This might seem like a given, but children who do not eat a well-balanced diet, exercise or get the proper amount of rest are much more likely to experience stress. That is why parents should make sure that all of their child’s basic needs are taken care of.

Learn How to Take Care of Your Own Stress

The interesting thing about children is that they learn by example. They might not always do what their parents say, but they watch carefully and do what their parents do. Parents who know how to manage their own stress will be able to raise children who know how to deal with it. Drawing, walking and listening to music are just a few of the many stress-relieving activities that parents and children can do together.

iTherapyRX, an online therapy service, offers a variety of stress reduction tips. Schedule an appointment today and have an iTherapyRX counselor help you discuss stress management.

February 15, 2012 / Health & Wellness

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