Stress can be caused by many different factors, such as the home environment, social pressures at school and other peer relationships, or behavioral problems that may be present. Helping your child cope with stress is key to keeping them happy and healthy during this crucial phase of development. Here are 7 common warning signs that you should always look out for.
- The pressure to fit in can be a source of stress for children, as are academic and social pressures, especially the desire to belong. While extracurricular activities may offer some relief, over-scheduling builds anxiety. Assist your child in properly balancing their priorities.
- Some children, when stressed, respond physically (biting, kicking, or striking) or vocally (screaming or name-calling). They also have trouble doing tasks that require patience.
- When children are unable to manage the stress they are feeling, they release bad energy. Temper tantrums, runaway behavior, or continuous disobedience are all indicators of high stress in children. Help your child release steam in a positive and productive way by performing deep breathing exercises, listening to soothing music, stretching, or exercising.
- Nightmares are common in children who have experienced any type of stressful or traumatic incident. It's likely that reciting stories about other kids with similar feelings will help your child feel better.
- Your child may feel left out or afraid if they're transferring schools, having a new sibling, or being bullied. To offer comfort, provide lots of positive attention and keep regular routines.
- Children who have been raised by overbearing parents often grow up to be perfectionists and worry constantly as a result of parental pressuring. Help your child build their self-assurance so that they may face difficulties and resolve issues on their own.
- When your child is under stress, their sleep habits are disrupted. A significant shift in eating routines, whether it's downing less food or more, is another indicator of tension. Getting to the bottom of their anxiety (often with the aid of a child psychologist or therapist) can help relieve these symptoms.
To learn about how you can offer support in managing your child's stress, read here.