Thursday, 31 July 2014

Managing Stress in Children

You are best at parenting,; You are raising your children, my attempt is just to help you out for not making mistakes unknowingly.
It hurts badly to see your child unhappy…..Children struggle in their own world , since infancy to preschooler they struggle to understand the world. After that they struggle to be understood.
There could be n number of reason behind their sad face. Teacher did not greeted back , child sit next seat has beautiful sharpener, two years senior home friends know more tables, uniforms irritate at waist…and many more..
In this article we're going to look at ways you can achieve the seemingly impossible and help your child unwind while still allowing them be a child.
Talk to Your Child
Try talking to your child why she is uncomfortable, if she /he is not able to express give them some options to express how are they feeling.
Sleep tips
Potentially the most important element with recharging your child's batteries is making sure they get enough sleep.
Research shows that lack of sleep can cause a variety of health issues and decrease academic performance in children. Research also shows that children with adequate sleep have longer attention spans.
Over stimulation is often a big cause for children having difficulties going to sleep. To reduce over stimulation before bedtime try the following:
·         no gadgets/ TV/computer games at least one hour before bedtime
·         no caffeinated drinks
·         no bright lights in the bedroom as it can trick your child's body melatonin (soft night-lights are fine)
·         introduce a relaxing bed-time routine-have 'quiet time' after a certain hour in the lead-up to bed-and read a bedtime story at the same time each night. A bed-time routine is vital for children as it teaches their bodies to start slowing down in preparation for sleep (there'll be times where you can't stick to the routine, so go easy on yourself).
Your stress is contagious
If you're like most parents you'll know that the lead up to bed-time—often called the witching-hour—is stressful.
By the time you've managed to get your child to have dinner, bathed, teeth brushed, read a story and got them off to sleep, it can often feel nothing short of a miracle.
It's important to monitor your own stress levels and care for yourself too. Why? Because children can pick up on, and feed off a parent's stress levels, thereby increasing theirs.
Before you're swamped with guilt, know that you've now been given a ticket to look after yourself, because it will in turn help your child. Things like exercise, yoga, meditation, reading and scrap-booking (without children) are some examples of great stress relievers for parents.
Unwinding strategies for children

Like adults, children can suffer from stress by trying to meet pressures associated with things like school, sport, music and/or dance lessons.
Therefore, doing tasks with no purpose or minimal expectation can be great for helping children unwind. Practising mindfulness is a great unwinding strategy.

The blog is written by Dr Seema Rekha, Founder Director Antarmanh Centre for Emotional Well Being
Director Health & Wellness Women Energizers