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Some ideas for helping kids handle stress

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:35pm

Dealing with uncertainty, change, or problems can cause stress for anyone, including our children. So when I came across some tips about how to help kids handle stress, I thought they were especially appropriate now as school starts up again and some of our little people may be facing some anxieties and stress.

My favorite kid stress reliever is blowing bubbles. Not only is it just plain fun, but the act of inhaling and exhaling to blow the bubbles is actually quite similar to breathing exercises. To form a bubble, a person must exhale in a slow and controlled way, which has a calming effect. If your child is not up for bubble blowing, you might opt to teach him or her a simple breathing exercise of breathing in to the count of four and breathing out for the same.

Other stress busting ideas include physical activity (a trusty stand-by for all sorts of child issues), laughing or being silly together, and listening to music. Some kids may find it helpful to write in a journal or engage in some form of art.

Of course, in many ways, kids are not so different from adults. They may just need help directing their stress in positive ways such as these. Always be ready with a listening ear. And don't forget the positive power of snuggles and hugs. If you suspect a deeper problem, do not hesitate to seek help from a doctor or counselor.

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