Stressed children are a common sight these
days what with the increasing competition. A stressed child is depressed,
reclusive and may even harbour suicidal tendencies.
Strange as it may sound, stress is a
necessary part of life. Without the stress of everyday things, life would get
pretty boring. You and your child wouldn't have to deal with the everyday
events that make you think, respond to problems and grow. Too little stress can
be as bad as too much stress because constant boredom can make you feel sad and
The key to the balancing act is stress management - so try
these stress busters:
• Make sure your child eats right and gets plenty of exercise and
• Tell them to listen to music.
• Let them draw.
• Inspire your child to write.
• Encourage them to play with the dog.
• Allow them to talk it out. Don't force your child, but give
them lots of opportunities.
• Discourage the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
•Help them to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Instead of saying, "I'm stupid," encourage your child to say,
"we all make mistakes."
• Laugh together - rent a fun family film or go outdoors and have
a snowball or water pistol fight.
• Encourage your school-ager or teen to start a hobby.
• Relax - lighten up their load. Does your child really need a
half dozen after-school activities? Good old-fashioned play is a great
Worried that your child may be stressed out
already? If they have any of these signs, talk to your health care provider:
•Headaches, backaches, chest pain, stomachaches, indigestion,
nausea or diarrhea.
•Overeating or under eating.
•Sleep disturbances (too much sleep, restless sleep, difficulty
falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up early).
•Having trouble concentrating or with school work.
•Feeling anxious or worried.
•Feeling inadequate, frustrated, helpless or overwhelmed.
•Feeling bored or dissatisfied.
•Feeling pressured, tense, irritable, angry or hostile.
•Excessive or inappropriate crying.