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Helping Your Child Manage Stress

By Donna Stark

Are you ready for it? The time of year that is literally right around the corner, ready to grab hold of your children and not let go? Right now, some schools have already started and the other ones are just about to. That means it is back to business with homework, activities, sports, and peer pressure. It can be a lot to handle and is often overwhelming, which is why it is so important to teach your child that it is all very manageable. Stress doesn't just affect us adults. It is rampant among our children too.

School-Related Stress

Although some of that stress in schools can be good, such as the stress that motivates a child to study harder or to play better, you certainly want to limit the stress that is bad in your child's life. "Bad" stress can cause your child to perceive a situation as being impossible or to think they are incapable. It can lead to significant health issues, anxiety, depression, and potential substance abuse, so it needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. And you can never start addressing it early enough. School-related stress can begin as early as the elementary years and follow your child throughout their entire education. Take a look at some of the biggest contributors.

  • Class subject-matter testing
  • State and AP testing
  • Homework load
  • Relationships
  • Competition to be selected to teams, clubs, or programs
  • College admissions process

Strategies to Help Your Child

Teaching your child how to successfully manage stress is vital for academic success and optimal health. Here are some suggestions that will help, no matter how old they are. 

  • Encourage your child to open up about their worries, concerns, and feelings
  • Find things they can do to feel better, such as exercise, meditation, or writing in a journal
  • Make sure they are getting enough sleep and are not overscheduled
  • Teach your child how to set realistic goals
  • Base your definition of success on your child's actual abilities
  • Communicate reasonable expectations to your child
  • Limit media and screen time
  • Stay connected and increase family time

Reducing Stress Naturally

Academic performance is one thing, but keep in mind that stress can significantly impact your child's health as well! It is important to stay on top of it and your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can help! Chiropractic care can alleviate stress and anxiety by improving the function of your child's nervous system. On top of that, it is completely safe, effective, and all-natural! So bring your child in today and establish regular visits throughout the school year. It's the perfect foundation to success!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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