Little ones worry just like we do. While they may not have bills to pay or meals to cook, they still have plenty to deal with. Parents like to see their children as carefree and joyful, but regardless of their age, they all have worries to face. Those worries might be different from yours, but they will affect your kids in the same way. When left unchecked, they can develop into more serious issues. With that in mind, here are six stress relief tips all moms should know for their little ones.
Eat The Right Foods
We all know food affects us physically, but most people don’t realize it’s impact on the mind. Sugar, for example, has many worrying effects, like crashes, which leave you feeling irritable and shaky. It can also weaken your ability to respond to stress, subsequently making it worse. Eating a balanced diet, filled with anti-anxiety foods, will help the entire family combat feelings of stress.
Do Fun Things Together
Having fun is a very effective way of beating stress. As well as taking your mind off your worries, it helps to boost your mood. Because of this, you must make sure you have more fun times with your children. Perhaps you could take up the same hobby or have weekly movie nights. This time together provides a chance for you to talk to your kids about whatever is worrying them.
Speak To An Expert
All parents think they know what’s best for their kids. The problem is, that isn’t always true. If your child is dealing with high levels of stress, then you can look into family counseling services. This would be particularly useful in highly emotional circumstances, such as during grief. Counselors have the experience and training to offer advice, resources, and, if necessary, treatment.
Inspire Them To Exercise
Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, which are a chemical that fights feelings of stress. It can also be an effective way to take your mind off your stressors. For this reason, you must encourage your kids to exercise. While you can sign them up for sports, finding ways to work out with them is often better. This is because children tend to mimic whatever their parents do.
Make Sleep A Priority
While physical activity is crucial, no one should sacrifice sleep to work out. After all, a lack of rest will leave your children feeling emotional and cranky. You must make sleep a priority for your kids by establishing a strict bedtime. It also helps to follow the same bedtime routine each night. If your children struggle to get a decent night’s rest, the issue may lie in the bedroom.
Tackle Your Own Stress
Children of all ages tend to pick up on emotions. This means that, if you’re feeling stressed, your kids probably know about it. Because little ones learn from their parents, they will then mimic this emotion and feel stressed themselves. Tackling your own stress is the only way to prevent this from happening. The good news is, many of the tips above can help you to do that.
All kids feel stressed, but with the advice above, you can help your little ones be happier and healthier.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.