Dear Dr Rosina, How can I help my child deal with stress?
Stress is a normal reaction to life’s challenges. Helping children overcome it will empower them to tackle obstacles they encounter with courage and confidence.
Here are three tools that can help:
1. Be a good role-model. When it comes to managing your stress – children look to their parents for guidance.
2. Teach calming techniques. Help children learn to slow and deepen their breath when they’re feeling stressed.
3. Encourage positive self-talk. Create an empowering mantra that children can repeat to themselves when they feel worried, like: “I’m OK, everything is fine, I can get the help I need, I’ve been successful before and I’ll do it again.”
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