Incredible though it may sound, but it is true that even young children who do not reach the age of 5 suffer from stress. So, if they prefer to keep quiet, prefer to remain isolated and do not mix up, there is no wonder if they face a difficult time dealing with stress. Do not believe?
We have made an endeavor to consult several well-known psychiatrists to compile a report about which age group of children suffers from which type of stress and a few relaxation techniques to help your little ones manage their stress.
Is Stress Good?
To define it in the simplest terms, stress is the natural response of the body against any kind of threats or demands. But, do you know that stress is good till the time it is in your comfort zone because it prepares your body to perform under pressure? Your body begins to release chemicals that give you the requisite strength to defend yourself. But, at the same it hampers your cognizance. You become insensitive to thoughts and feeling and may not be able to act rationally.
Stress in Children Between 1-2 Years:
Yes!! Even the children at this age suffer from stress. You may have noticed the instances where the infants stops breastfeeding. They do so, because they are stressed! The cause of stress at this age is their mothers’ attraction towards other infants. They begin to recognize their mother and if their mother takes some other infant in their lap or slap/rebuke them mildly they begin to cry.
Stress in Children Between 3-6 Years:
When your child reaches the age of 3, the school becomes the cause of stress. They are unable to cope up with the company of strangers sans their mothers. This is the age group when your child has a difficult time adjusting with teachers and a vast group of other such children.
Stress in Children Between 7-11 Years:
The primary cause of stress in this age is sturdy. Carrying school bags bigger than their own sizes, stress of completing plenty of home assignments and stress of faring better in exams. Children of this age group are stressed because they try to come up to the expectation of their parents and begin to strive harder than they could.
Stress in Children Between 12-15 Years:
This age group becomes the worst hit victim of stress as the children between this age group begin to think that they are grown-up and are wise enough to take their own decisions. They do not like to be intervened. Additionally, they are pressurized by their intricate syllabus. A lot of physiological changes also take place during this age and hence this is the age when your child is very stressed.
How do You Know Your Child is Stressed?
There are certain indicators which can be used to gauge whether your child is stressed. If your child is stressed, certain physical and emotional changes take place in his/her behavior. Like:
Bed wetting till the age of 4 years is absolutely normal. But, if your child is older and does it regularly then it indicates stress. This happens when the child does not get attention from the parents and gets stressed.
Isolated and Anti-Social:
If your child prefers to remain speculated, get disheartened easily, does not like mixing up, does not get along or even if he bullies others, be cautious as this indicates stress.
Nail biting is just one of the nervous habits, there are other habits like twirling of hair, biting lips often etc. If your child often indulge in these nervous habits, he is stressed.
Complaining of Stomach Ache or Headache Often:
Your child is stressed, if he complains of minor health issues like nausea, stomach aches or headaches. This is so because stress has a direct bearing on health.
Staying Away from Favorites:
If you notice an abrupt change in behavior pattern where your child remain secluded and do not indulge in the activities he likes…watching cartoons, playing with toys etc, your child is stressed.
If your child shows any of these symptoms, it is high time for you to practice relaxation techniques
RELAXATION TECHNIQUES TO SAVE YOUR CHILD FROM STRESS:
Make Them Talk to You:
Due to the reasons apparent, parents are the best friends of any child. So, like a friend, make them talk their heads off to you. Do not let your child abandon. Showing caring gestures matter. Embrace your child and be close to him/her always.
Make Them Feel Special:
When you start giving attention to your child, stress tends to wear off. Take your child to the outings, shop around, let him watch her favorite channel and buy his favorite things. Ask his/her suggesting regarding certain petty issues. This will make him feel special and important.
Stop Expecting Too Much:
Do not over burdened your children with your expectations. Put them at ease. Try to recognize their abilities and let them hone their skills at that particular direction. Stop comparing them with others. Praise them whole-heartedly for their achievements.
Keep Gadgets Away from Them:
Believe it or not, gadgets are the worst foe of children these days. Try to keep all types of gadgets away from them. Make sure that your child indulges in a lot of physical activities and play around rather than sticking to the gadgets.
Give them Wholesome Nutrition:
When your child is stressed, prevent him/her for gulping down the junk food. Give them more of fresh fruits, veggies and other fiber rich food. Apart from that, a sound sleep of 8-10 hours is mandatory for your child.
Stop Fighting Before Your Child:
Your quarrels can be a root cause of your child’s stress. Not only this, if you are indulging in this before your children, no wonder that they become insecure, which will hamper their overall personality. So, before you try to tackle your child’s stress, make sure that you yourself are stress free.