How to reduce the stress of your children?

stress in children

Anxiety and stress are increasingly present in the lives of our children, with negative consequences on their mental well-being. As parents, it is essential to support them and help them develop skills to deal with these sources of stress. The option of putting them in a protective bubble to ensure their mental and physical well-being is unfortunately not one. In this article, we will explore anti-stress strategies, focused on breathing and stress management, to help our children better manage their anxiety, regain their inner zen and cultivate a lasting state of calm.

Understand the sources of stress

It is important to understand the specific sources of stress that our children face. Identify situations, environments or events that may trigger their anxiety and stress. This can include social situations, academic demands, family changes, etc.

Practice conscious breathing

Mindful breathing is a powerful tool to help our children manage their stress. Teach them deep breathing techniques, where they inhale slowly through their nose, hold their breath for a short time, then exhale slowly through their mouth. Encourage them to practice this conscious breathing when they feel anxious or stressed to find their inner calm. Leslie, my youngest, likes the respirelaxe application which is free and easy to use. This can destabilize them, do not hesitate to let them use a comforting object such as a comforter or their favorite stuffed animal. At home, the Minizzz press on the belly makes all its effect.

Teach stress management strategies

Help your children develop stress management skills by teaching them age-appropriate techniques. I suggest you use them in turn to influence them to do like you. Here are some examples :

  • Muscle relaxation: Teach them to gradually release muscle tension by focusing on each part of their body. They can start at the feet and work their way up to the head, becoming aware of the spreading relaxation.

  • Guided visualization: Guide them through visualization exercises where they imagine soothing scenes or places that bring them well-being. It can help them relax mentally and emotionally. YouTube offers a variety of short videos for guided viewing.

  • Distraction techniques: Encourage them to focus on activities that excite or amuse them, such as reading, music, drawing, etc. It can help them divert their attention from stressful thoughts.

  • Foster a Zen Environment: Create a calm and soothing environment at home. Make sure there are quiet times where your kids can relax and recharge. Limit stressful stimuli, such as excessive noise or screens, and favor relaxing activities such as meditation, yoga or drawing.

In conclusion, by helping our children develop anti-stress strategies and anxiety management skills, we equip them with powerful tools to face life's challenges. By teaching them conscious breathing, identifying sources of stress, encouraging them to manage their stress in a healthy way and creating a Zen environment, we help them regain their emotional balance and cultivate a state of inner calm. I truly believe that we can support our children on their journey to a more serene and fulfilling life.