How to Reduce Stress among Children
The stress levels among children today are rising due to the kinds of pressures exerted on them by various sources like the educational system, the focus on studies, the expectations of parents, peer pressure, high burden of academic demands, inducting children into variety of activities to make all rounders out of them, rather than encouraging them to pursue activities that interest them.
De-stressing children should be a daily activity so that the stress doesn’t build up and effect their ability to function normally, doesn’t hamper their concentration level, doesn’t lead to negative consequences like ill health, mental disturbance, lack of sleep, dullness and passivity and so on.
One way of reducing stress is to ensure that they rest adequately. It must be ensured that children get at least 7 hours of sleep daily at night. During the day, they can probably take a nap of around one hour. Rest and sleep are necessary for recharging their energy and also for de-stressing them from daily pressures.
Relaxation activities are other forms to induce a state of relaxation, happiness and enjoyment. This can be done by playing music that sounds jolly and fun to hear, allowing them to watch some cartoons or animated kid movies that raise their spirits, stimulate them and fill them with happiness and enthusiasm. It will take their minds off the worries and tension of exams and studies.
Let children be outdoors. Do not keep them indoors for long hours. Allow them to go to parks, playgrounds, or play in the compound of the society, and interact with the natural environment. Exposure to natural breeze, trees, plants, animals, open ground helps children to free their minds.
Children should be taken outdoors so that they see the external world and not the world presented only in their books and immediate surroundings. Going for picnic to a beach, children’s park, play zones, for trekking or adventure camps etc helps them to unwind from the drudgery and monotony of routine life.
Encourage their social life. Children should not be guarded very possessively. Positive interaction with children of same age group, relatives, neighbours and also adults who are sensitive and caring about children help them to find acceptance, companionship, warmth and love which again helps in neutralizing stress.