A lot of people don’t realise that children and young people can suffer from stress too, check out our top tips below!
National Stress Awareness Day is an opportunity to talk about the importance of stress prevention, think about well being and find support or advice to help manage stress.
Academic, social pressure, meeting new people are just a few factors which could cause a young person to become stressed. Children and young people who come into our care may have suffered from neglect or abuse so it can be a very stressful period for them, they may be frightened, angry or confused.
Stress signs may include:
- Stomach pains
- Change in emotions
- Sleeping problems
- Change in eating habits
- Crying or tantrums
- Manage your own stress – any emotions are contagious and when adults are stressed out, children and young people are going to pick up on that.
- Yoga – sometimes physical sports activities can become stressful through being competitive so it’s important to take time out to do something which is calming. There are plenty of blogs online which look into child-friendly yoga and it’s something fun which everyone can get involved with.
- Play – play a non-competitive game; perhaps paint, colour or make some slime. Did you see our DIY slime video?
- Facing fears and rewarding brave behaviours
- Listen to a story or a podcast – there are plenty of podcasts which are designed for children and young people. Some bedtime stories even have pre-story meditation before the story even begins.
(We recommend checking out ‘Peace Out’. A range of short stories which use breathing exercises and guided visualisation to help children and young people calm down.)
- Deep breathing – when you feel stressed or anxious your breathing becomes shallow and your heart rate increases, taking deep breaths tells your body to rest and will help to calm you down!
Some useful contacts
Childline: 0800 1111
Voice: 0808 800 5792
Children’s Commissioner for England: 0800 528 0731
Young Minds: Text YM to 85258
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