Does stress in children really exist?
Do you know that over 65% of children feel stressed? And that 85% report that school is the reason for these worries? A greater concern is that a large number, over 52%, believe that it has no impact on their physical or mental health and many children are doing nothing to cope with it.
The aim is to help educate children on how to firstly recognise stress and then to beat it as a result better preparing them for school and for life. For example, the following 6 tips are actively used at Explorer Camps :
1: Focus on your strengths
What are you good at? Math? Why don’t you tutor a younger neighbour who’s having trouble with the subject? Football? It’s an idea to help coach some younger children. Artistic? Take a painting or photography class. Focusing on your strengths will help you keep your stresses in perspective, and also emphasis your positive areas.
2: Get active in nature.
In a recent study by Mind, nearly 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside. That doesn’t mean you have to go for a jog if you hate running. Find activities you enjoy and build them into your routine such as yoga, hiking, biking, skateboarding or walking.
3: Take regular breaks
Taking a break is essential to higher productivity, energy, concentration, efficiency, creativity, and just about every other good thing that you need to survive. When studying look to have some time out every 50 – 90 mins and do anything but work. Stay away from the computer screen, shift your attention and stop concentrating.
Sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day can really help with stress levels. Good breathing techniques can put you in a more relaxed state as they send oxygen through your bloodstream, helping to calm you down and beat the stress.
5: Learn to listen.
Good listeners tend to have less stress in their lives because they quite simply get on better with people. Choose the right time to talk to someone. Are you / you in the right frame of mind? Also make sure you’re an active listener, showing them you’re following their conversation.
6: Embrace anger.
Making mistakes, failing to reach a goal, receiving criticism, feeling a situation is unfair or embarrassing can all lead to anger then stress. Anger is a normal, healthy emotion and it’s important for children to realise that. However, it can be a problem if you find it difficult to keep it under control. Learn some anger control techniques to help you manage it such as counting to 10 or breathing slowly.
Now that you are aware of the problem of stress, and some useful tips at how to fight against it all you need to do is act! Follow these 6 tips and you will not only live a happier life but also be better prepared for success!