Stress in children: How it takes a toll on your little ones? (Part-2)
Well, the stress in children can get triggered by multiple sources- friends, family, school, and even out of nowhere.
How childhood stress affects children?
According to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when a child faces frequent or continual stress from things such as neglect, abuse, domestic abuse, or dysfunctional families, and when support from parents or adults is missing, their organ systems become weakened. And their brain architecture is actually altered because of which kids can be at risk for lifelong health as well as social problems.
What happens when children face continual toxic stress?
- The child’s ability to learn and focus gets reduced dramatically.
- Children dealing with stress face difficulty in trusting adults and forming healthy relationships.
- When we talk about teens, stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors such as engaging in high-risk sports, smoking and alcohol abuse, substance abuse, sexual experimentation, and unsafe sexual practices.
- Toxic stress can even lead to major health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), behavioral disorders, or psychosis.
- Health outcomes in children can be poor, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and higher suicide risk.
Helping your child deal with stress
Here are some ways you can help your little one.
First and foremost, it is important to realize that your child is actually dealing with stress. If you notice any sign, never take it easy. The reason being, sometimes you may not be able to realize what’s going on in your child’s brain and heart. Recognizing the stress and taking quick actions is important!
Don’t force a lot
You don’t make things complicated for your little ones, reading, school, tuitions, homework, of course, a routine should be followed, but don’t force too much. Allow your kids some freedom to do what they want to do instead of forcing them too much to do something.
Be careful about TV programs, books, and games
What kids watch on mobile, and TV, the books they read, and the games they play, every small thing matters and can impact your kid’s mental health. Know what they are watching and make sure what they watch is worth watching and good for their mental health.
Resolve parental conflicts personally
If you are among those parents who fight in front of your kids, you need to realize that your fights are adversely affecting your kids and putting them under stress. No kid likes to see their parents arguing and shouting, they want a happy and healthy environment in their home.
Spend time with your kids
Work is important, yes it is. But, it doesn’t mean you don’t give time to your kids. When working parents get too busy in their work, this can promote feelings of neglect in children and this can have a long-lasting impact on children’s mental health.
Promote physical activities
Physical activities are important for your kid’s physical health and mental wellbeing. Cycling, running, cricket, and other sports activities, some physical activities on a regular basis are sure to keep stress away and help your child in overall development.
A family dinner and movie night
Make your kids feel comfortable by spending some extra time with them. Enjoy some quality time with your little ones, cook some amazing food, and enjoy a dinner or you can choose to watch a movie with them, there are endless ways to have fun with kids.
When unsure, it is always better to ask for help, consult a doctor when you find your kids behaving or doing something unusual.
Summing it up!
Childhood stress is not new, knowing the right ways to manage is a prime necessity to keep your kids away from stress.