a social emotional learning flyer for parents and teens
Wednesday, Nov. 12th 2014 at 12am
This is an online event.
a social emotional learning flyer
for teens and parents sd57
from student support services
helping kids cope with stress
To adults, childhood can seem like a carefree time. But kids still experience stress. Things like school and their social life can sometimes create pressures that can feel overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can't protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.
Kids deal with stress in both healthy and unhealthy ways. And while they may not initiate a conversation about what's bothering them, they do want their parents to reach out and help them cope with their troubles.
But it's not always easy for parents to know what to do for a child who's feeling stressed.Here are a few ideas:
I feel stressed!
Feeling like there are too many pressures and demands on you? Losing sleep worrying about tests and schoolwork? Eating on the run because your schedule is just too busy? You're not alone. Everyone experiences stress at times — adults, teens, and even kids. But there are ways to minimize stress and manage the stress that's unavoidable.
what can I do right now?
how can mindfulness help?
Mindfulness helps children to relax physically and to focus their attention on the present moment rather than getting caught up in worries and concerns that, if left unaddressed, could produce significant mental health problems.
Research in teens and adults shows that redirecting attention away from thought patterns that lead to, for instance, anxiety or depression, and on to what is happening in the present moment (especially pleasant experiences) can circumvent these processes and improve mental health. There is every reason to expect that this same process would work in children and, certainly, the reports that we get from parents, teachers and even kids themselves supports this. ....from smiling mind