One of the most commonly faced problems in children nowadays is stress and anxiety. A lot of children in our generation today experience anxiety and stress. These stresses can be caused or triggered by different situations, like a death in the family, life-changing moments, or their parents are getting a divorce.
Parents are not that aware that although it might be simple for them to overcome these types of situations in life, their children may find it hard to cope up. If your child going through stress and experiencing anxiety, here are some simple yet effective ways that you, as a parent, can help them through it.
Always listen to them
As a parent, it is always important to lend out an ear whenever your child has something to say. Many parents are busy enough to stop and listen to their child. As an adult, you know how comforting it is to have someone listen to you if you are going through a rough patch or a bad day, and your child would also feel the same comfort if you are there for them. Parents should be their child's number one supporter and comforter whenever they feel down. If your child does not feel to be open to you, let them know that you have their back and they can run to you when they have a problem.
Do not invalidate their feelings
Adults would think that it is unreasonable for a child to feel sad and stressed since they do not go to work or do that much stressful stuff in their life. Children can feel stress in other ways too, such as stress at school, or things that are bothering them. Don't make them feel bad about something they feel sad about. Instead, make them feel comfortable to share their thoughts and emotions to you. Everyone has their own feelings and it should be respected and understood, no matter what age.
Comfort and distract them
When your child seems to be off the edge, offer them to do fun activities together. You can go to the park and play, get ice cream, or do artworks at home. Do something with them that they would enjoy and it would surely lift their moods up.
Get him moving
While they are still young and they still have all the time and energy to do whatever they want, get them to go outside more often. This does not entirely mean letting him go out of the house, but get him moving such as doing exercises at least for an hour a day. You can do a morning jog with them and do sports in the afternoon. Your child needs to do physical activities with a good amount of fresh air to ease their minds off the things they are worried about.
Keep them healthy
Children need to eat healthily and get enough sleep as much as they can because they are still growing. Aside from that, eating nutritious food and getting enough rest can help your child's system working and will reduce the stress that they are feeling.
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