8 Steps To Successfully Reduce Stress In Children

Last updated by Katie M.

Mood changes, sleep disturbances, refusal to go to school, boredom or even withdrawal... Even if your child can’t describe what’s going on, many symptoms can reveal a state of anxiety deep within them. When your child is worried, helping him or her to deal with these strange and almost alien emotions can quickly become challenging for us as parents. The question is, how can you reduce this stress? How can you relieve it? Here are the answers to these questions.

Contents: 

A child who is anxious is likely to remain so as an adult. They will have difficulties in relationships, tend to isolate themselves, and have trouble taking on new challenges or projects. Fears may keep him or her locked up and prevent them from achieving their potential. 

How can we cure our kids of stress and anxiety?

The sources and causes of stress and anxiety are plentiful and are not the same for all children. Parental separation can cause a child to feel as though he or she is losing control of a situation. If your child faces an unexpected situation such as an absence of their teacher or even if they find themselves in a new situation, this could lead to episodes of stress and anxiety. To reduce your child's worries, it is essential to lead an open dialogue. Try to identify the times, places, and events where these difficult emotions may have set in. 

I'm a woman who doesn't want kids; so what?

1. Opt for reading sessions together

Stories and tales allow children to better control their emotions and to deal with frightening situations. They then identify with the characters that will serve as a reference in the future. Note that reading groups can also be great for them. Together, the children exchange their opinions and their different perceptions of risky situations.

Child reading

For a young child, opt for books with pictures that facilitate integration and learning.

2. Give them back their self-confidence

Encourage them on a daily basis with phrases such as "Thank you for helping me", "You should be proud of yourself"... Don't hesitate to repeat motivating phrases to them, which you can also hang up in their bedroom if they wish.

> Discover my open letter to my kids

3. Support them in this journey

When a challenge arises, don't make fun of their fears. Try to reassure him or her and minimize the situation if possible. If you move or change teachers, emphasize each positive point. It is important to have a calm and reassuring attitude.

4. Help them to fall asleep calmly

Fatigue is a source of worry. A ritual before going to bed is a sign of a good night's sleep. Don't change your habits and opt for the famous "brushing your teeth, cuddle, bedtime story, kissing your parents and going to sleep".

5. Opt for breathing exercises

Take a moment together to relax. Your child will mobilize their breathing, relax their muscles and practice positive visualization. Note that it is also possible to find dedicated audios on YouTube.

6. Get some fresh air with your child

Nature offers many benefits. It allows you to recharge your batteries and to calm down. Note that this universe is conducive to confidence. Your child will probably have less trouble opening up and confiding in you about their discomfort.

7. Reduce your own anxiety

Your child may feel your tension. In 2010, a study revealed that 52% of parents admitted to being stressed by their children's schooling. Their children could no longer cope with this pressure. You probably fear for their future, you want them to succeed. This race for excellence can push your child to stop wanting to go to school, which can lead to a school phobia. Make sure you don't show your anxiety to your child. If you feel the need, talk to those around you or a qualified psychologist.

8. Try pet therapy

Having an animal such as a dog or being in contact with animals would greatly reduce anxiety in children. Animals provide moral support in difficult times and reduce the sense of loneliness that a child may feel.

>> Want to go further? Read up on the five symptoms of anxiety

Editor's note: Listen to your kids!

Stress is a normal reaction to difficult situations. Children's lack of communication makes them manage and express their worries differently from adults. Listening is therefore essential. You can also contact our certified psychologists who will help you find tips to reduce this tension and also understand where this malaise comes from.

🤗 Understand yourself, accept yourself, be happy... Let’s do it here and now!

#BornToBeMe


Why not also check out: 

Article presented by Katie M.

Discover the world through my eyes.

Read our latest articles here:

Quality Of Life At Work, An Important Issue!

One of the things that attract me the most when I apply to a company is the quality of life they offer. And be careful, when I say the quality of life, it’s not just about having a table football table in the break room, with a bowl of fresh fruit. It’s a set of aspects that will enable me to feel good at work. What are they? How do you define it, and why is it such an important issue? Quality of life is a vector for performance and well-being, and it can make all the difference. Let’s explain.

10 Passive-Aggressive Examples To Help You Recognize This Behavior

We all have sarcastic and manipulative tendencies that emerge when we feel stressed or even under pressure. Although, we can't particularly be proud of this kind of behavior, we all exhibit it. These negative behaviors are usually noticeable very quickly, that is, except in passive-aggressive people who bury their emotions. These particular individuals act in the shadows but are still very harmful and toxic, especially if you are friends with or even dating one. Discover our 10 examples that will help you to spot passive-aggressive behavior, and reveal what you can do when you are confronted with it.

How To Break Up With Someone You Live With - 5 Tips To Go About It

Have you decided to end your relationship, yet you want to do it in the kindest way possible? If you are in this situation, you must go about it in the right way, regardless of what's gone on or who is to blame. Breakups can be brutal, and you don't want to inflict pain and suffering on your partner, right? But you can't exactly let yourself be unhappy for much longer either, and need to move out. Letting someone down gently is a tough balance to enact, and it involves asking yourself the right questions to make the separation as painless as possible. If you want to be able to walk away from your partner in the smoothest possible way, you're in the right place.

The Power Of Hugs, It's Time To Share The Love

Individualism is great, but deep down we all have needs and do enjoy connecting and exchanging with other people. Humans all need a little affection and comfort at some point in their lives, no matter how strong they claim to be. That's right, at certain points in our lives, we all need to feel reassured, cared for and love, and hugging does just that! The question is why is this seemingly simple gesture so important in lifting our spirits and making us feel better?

10 Morning Routine Ideas For Productivity, Plus They Take Less Than 5 Minutes

At 6:55 a.m., the dreaded alarm clock violently rings out. By 6:56 a.m., you're no doubt already stressed at the thought of having to get up, get ready and rushing around. Yet with a little motivation and 5 minutes to spare, you can transform this stressful morning ritual into a moment of relaxation. A productive day starts in the morning and motivates us to go out and be successful. Starting out right will set you up for a great rest of the day and will remodel your attitude into a winning one! Take a deep breath and put the normal stress to the back of your mind because we're about to enter a peaceful space.

Early Signs Of A Toxic Relationship, And Tips On How To Escape

It's often tough for those in abusive relationships to face the music and admit that things aren't healthy. Controlling behaviors span from constant criticism, which makes victims feel drained, to domestic abuse. If any of these situations ring true to you, then it’s probably about time you gave your relationship some thought and started thinking about leaving the relationship and moving on. We're here to discuss what qualifies a relationship as toxic and what we need to do to put an end to the abuse. After all, it's time you made your future brighter and started focusing on your wellbeing.

These Are The 10 Most Common Reasons People Divorce

Love is only said to last 3 years, which probably explains why only 50% of marriages get past the 9-year mark. Learning this made me instantly realize that I needed to start making more of an effort with my partner if I didn't want to part of this sad statistic. Relationships are tough, what with the daily grind, the invasive in-laws and the temptation to go looking for affection and attention elsewhere. Without further ado, discover the 10 most common reasons for divorce.

Why Do I Constantly Need To Be In Control?

Wanting things to go well is perfectly normal, but sometimes this need for perfection can represent a huge barrier in our lives. Do you have trouble not giving in to the temptation of micromanaging everything in your life? Does leaving things to chance make you nervous and put you on edge? Where does your need to control everything come from? Letting go and becoming more easygoing will change everything for you and help you start living your best life. Discover how to let loose and free yourself from this need.

So What If I Hate Working?

I always thought that I was surrounded by people who loved their jobs, that is until I started openly talking about how much I hate working. Let’s get one thing straight, I’ve never liked my job, but have only recently built up the courage to talk about it. That's right, I used to hide my despair under a huge smile in an effort to convince myself I was overreacting, plus I was also afraid of other people judging me. In fact, daring to share my thoughts got me asking if I was the problem; was I the black sheep? Or, were my reasons for this bold statement justified? It's time to see if are all secretly on the same wavelength.

Why Am I So Used To Falling Out Of Love At Record Speed?

My longest relationship only lasted 2 years, which might not seem like a long time, but it's a big achievement for me because I can never usually get past the 6-month mark without becoming bored stiff. Even though my past relationship have always been healthy, they've never satisfied me, which lead me to wonder am I cursed with eternal dissatisfaction? Relationships never seem to excite me for long enough and always eventually fizzle out, leaving me wanting to head for the hills. Despite my past failures, I still believe in love and want to get to the bottom of why I give up on romance so easily.

Wengood's favorite tunes 🎵

How to detect a narcissist


"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." 

- Oscar Wilde


How to soothe an anxiety attack