Helping our children cope with stress and anxiety
In our first two video’s, we touched on the impact stress and anxiety has on our children, and the signs we need to look out for. Our children are resilient however dealing with stress over time has a negative impact on our children’s learning, confidence and self-worth. Our community is made up of family, friends, church members and leaders, and it is our responsibility is to ensure our children reach their full potential, and live lives of meaning who contribute to society.
At Pacific Learners, we believe a happy home environment is often reflected in a child’s personality and confidence. In this video, Talia shows off her talent by singing Le aute which is followed by a round of applause from her class.
By spending time with children, listening to their concerns and putting there needs over our own, we begin to understand what the issues are, then work with them to overcome their stress and anxiety.
5 ways to help your children cope with stress and anxiety
- Take the time to listen to your children, reassure them and tell them they are loved and supported
- Help them take a break, take the time to play, draw or go for an outing. Make sure they have fun and a positive experience.
- Teach them coping skills like controlling their breathing, label the feeling, reading and positive self talk
- Provide routines, like going to bed at the same time, having a family dinner at the same time. Routine can calm a child’s anxiety.
- Reach out for support and use services that are available such as a school councilor or family doctor.
So you haven’t seen our first 2 videos on Stress and Anxiety ? you can see them here:
- Helping children cope with stress and anxiety part 1 – Identifying the symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Helping children cope with stress and anxiety part 2 – Communication is key