More and more kids, unfortunately, have been experiencing stress, worry and anxiety. This was again made more prominent when our children’s regular routines were put into constant disarray due to the impact of COVID. These feelings can be disheartening and overwhelming.
What does stress look like in children? This can actually look different to stress for an adult. If you have noticed that your child has become very quiet or suddenly speaks fast and becomes difficult to understand what they are saying. Are they spending more time in their room and not wanting to come out? Are they trying to avoid places or activities that remind them of these stressful events or activities? Are they not as engaged in the family as they once were? These are potential signs that they are stressed, worried and/or anxious.
Other indicators may include;
- Difficulty sleeping, changes in sleep patterns or nightmares.
- Restlessness, on edge or increases in activity levels (constantly on the go).
- Complaining of headaches or stomach aches.
- Easily agitated; bothered by things they are usually okay with.
- Increased meltdowns and tantrums
- Decreased attention
- More clingy behaviours
However, there is a multitude of strategies that can be applied to help ease these overwhelming feelings and thoughts. These strategies are founded within mindfulness.
Some strategies include:
- Breathing exercises
- Physical exercise
- Having the feeling named and normalised “It sounds like you are anxious. I understand. Anxiety can be tricky. Can I help?”
- Talk about concerns or worries your child may have
Spring Forward has child and adolescent counselling services available to help support them through difficult circumstances and uncomfortable emotions. Meet our Counsellor Danielle or find out more about our counselling services.
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