Solutions for Stressors in Children
- Talk with children about their feelings and concerns.
- Allow a child to have his/her feelings and listen to the child.
- Let the child know that you are afraid or nervous sometimes too.
- Don't overschedule the child.
- Be honest with the child about what is going on.
- Help prepare the child for changes.
- Provide the child with a bit of extra security before potentially stressful situations.
- Teach the child relaxation exercises to use when he feels tense.
- Set aside a special time for you and your child.
- Create a sense of belonging and companionship for the child.
- Set clear and consistent limits for the child's behavior.
- Love, hug and be direct with the child.
- Help children to use their imagination to think positively.
- Help children to use their anger positively.
- Praise children for their accomplishments and efforts. Help them develop a sense of self-worth.
- Make sure children eat a nutritious meal, get plenty of exercise, and have a good night's sleep.
- Examine your own coping skills.
- When a child displays symptoms of stress, evaluate his/her outlets for expression.
- When persistent disturbing behavior continues, consult a physician.
Developed by: Jennie C. Trotter - Wholistic Stress Control Institute
Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc.
2545 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30311