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Five Tips to Help Keep Kids’ Stress Levels in Check

Five Tips to Help Keep Kids’ Stress Levels in Check  12/6/19While some amount of stress is both normal and necessary, when stress is overwhelming, it can be unhealthy and quickly take a toll on a child’s developing mind and body. 

Children can begin experiencing stress at a very early age.  Anyone of any age can be vulnerable to stress until and unless they have learned effective ways of coping.  Since children typically have not had time or opportunities to develop those coping skills, adults in their lives need to help them manage stress in healthy ways. 

Learning to manage and cope with stress in healthy ways reduces the risk for underage drinking, engaging in other risk behaviors, and developing behavioral health disorders.

Five tips to help keep kids’ stress levels in check are:

  • Help your child slow down.  Avoid overscheduling.
  • Encourage enjoyable exercise.  Exercise has proven benefits to physical and emotional well-being.
  • Make sleep a priority.  This will help improve mood, learning, and decision making.  Establish and maintain healthy bedtime routines and electronics-free bedrooms.
  • Eat a high quality diet that provides adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat protein, and dairy.
  • Keep your child talking.  Bottled-up emotions do great harm.

More detailed information about this topic and these five tips is available upon request at the NDSU Extension office in Sargent County.  Call 701-724-3355 and ask for the ParentsLead factsheet.

Adapted from:  Maintaining Healthy Levels of Stress in Your Children, ParentsLead.org                                                                                           

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