THE STRESS RELIEF GIRAFFE ?
With their busy schedules and pressure to perform at school during a time of COVID-19 uncertainty, children face a lot of stress, making stress management for kids a hot topic for parents.
Anxiety symptoms are common in children and adolescents, with 10 to 20 percent of school-aged children experiencing anxiety symptoms. An even larger number of children experience stress that does not qualify as an anxiety disorder.
Every child is different, and so are their triggers and reactions to stress. It could make them sweat, fidget, or cause their hearts to pound. They may become distracted or even feel nauseous or dizzy.
If your child is showing signs of severe stress or anxiety, talk to his health care provider for more help. Parents and carers can get help and advice about children’s mental health from YoungMinds’ free parent helpline on 0808 802 5544, from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
Useful resource – TED Talks video: Bite-Sized Mindfulness: An easy way for kids to be happy and healthy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOlIdmMK_zM