Teach Your Child To Understand The Feeling of Stress

You can see that your child is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out but they are having trouble articulating how they are feeling. Talk to your child and explain what is Stress:

Something you can’t see or touch but can definitely feel.

The name for Tension in your mind and body.

Reaction to things that are new, scary or different.

it’s Especially common in kids who are shy or strive to be perfect.

Source of headaches and stomachaches

Something you can learn to handle!

Other words to describe how you feel when you are stressed: anxious, all alone,  confused, crabby, freaked out, jittery, mixed up, jumpy, moody, nervous, panicky                    pressured, overwhelmed, shaky, tense, worried, upset, wired

A little stress isn’t bad. Sometimes stress is good because it can energize you to get your       homework done, study for a test, pump you up for a soccer game.

But too much stress can make you feel sick, tired, sad and worried.

HOW TO BE A PANIC MECHANIC: A person can reduce their stress by looking at what is wrong and using tools to make a repair.

STRESS MESS: Everything annoys you and you want to scream                                                           TOOL: Take some time alone, put on headphones, close your eyes and imagine you are in your favorite place in the world.

STRESS MESS: Your feel restless, frantic and jumpy.                                                                      TOOL: Do something positive with your energy; run or jump. If you are at school in a classroom, ask for a bathroom break.

STRESS MESS: You can’t stop worrying, even about unrealistic things.                                             TOOL: Use your excellent imagination to do something creative like draw or play with legos.

STRESS MESS: You feel so frantic you could pop.                                                                                         TOOL: If you catch yourself saying something like, “If I don’t get an A, I will die!” try to say,   “I might feel disappointed if I don’t get an A but I know I did my best and I will survive this.” Keep doing that and you will lighten your stress load.

10 DAILY WAYS TO KEEP STRESS AT BAY:

  1. Be active – exercise lifts your spirits and helps you feel relaxed.
  2. Eat healthy foods – a healthy body fights stress better.
  3. Avoid caffeine – it makes a person feel more edgy.
  4. Get enough sleep each night – you will feel more relaxed when you wake up.
  5. Laugh!
  6. Be neat – being organized helps you feel in control.
  7. Express your feelings – unlock your voice and unlock your stress.
  8. Be a planner – it will help you feel in control of your day.
  9. Talk to someone about your problems – you will feel better.
  10. Forgive your own mistake

If your child is struggling with handling stress, I can offer you strategies that you can teach your child to make life easier. Let’s talk! Please give me a call at 310-849-6751 or send me an email at jerirochman.jd.ms@gmail.com

Best,                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeri