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  • Five Tips to Help Kids Cope with Stress

    11:42am on Thursday 25th August 2016

    With exams, exam grades, home works, co-curricular activities to worry about and expectations to meet, our children’s stress levels are likely to shoot through the ceiling. While stress in short duration can be good for our kids, over time it may lead to serious health issues—mental and physical. So, what can we do to help our children? Try some of these tips:

    Get Organized

    A cluttered work-space is the mirror image of a cluttered mind.

    Studies have shown that a cluttered space obstructs our ability to focus, mentally wearing us down, and causing stress. Help your kid organize his table, put the pens in the holders, papers in the files and rubbish in the bin. It is mentally exhausting to go through a pile of papers for hours to find that one note from maths class.

    Get Scheduled

    Time-management. The key to a stress-free life.

    Piled with homework after projects after co-curricular activities after tuition work, our kids’ minds are often muddled—where do they start and how do they finish? Listing! A to-do list is the very definition of a productive time management tool.

    Firstly, ask your child to write all the things they have to carry out. Next, prioritize the list, starting with the most time sensitive assignment on the top. Then, set realistic time for each task. This will give them a clear idea of the things that they have to do first.

    Get Healthy

    Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help our kids de-stress.

    Poor eating habits can add to our children’s stress levels. It may be tempting for them to binge on caffeine, sugar and fast food, however, such a diet will only make matters worse. While it is alright to indulge in the occasional chocolate fudge cake, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is important for a child’s mental and physical well-being.

    Exercising can lift the dark cloud above our heads, boost our confidence and increase our energy. Encourage your child to exercise regularly and join them to motivate them.

    Between the things they have to do and the things they want to do, our children get less shut-eye time than they should. Insufficient amounts of sleep may lead to increased levels of anxiety. Instil the habit of a regular sleep schedule of at least eight hours a night in your children. 

    Get Excited

    Imagine working all day long and just when you think you have finished, a new pile rivalling the Capital Tower slams down on your table top. Your entire body and mind is going to want to shut down.

    The same goes for our children. Whilst studying is important, it is not healthy for them to constantly be buried in some assessment book. They need time to relax and stretch out their legs. Encourage your kids to set aside an hour every day to do something they enjoy—it could be playing games, reading books, watching movies, rock climbing, or simply staring into space. This will go a long way in keeping their mind intact.

    Get Supportive

    Talk to your child every day, get them to open up to you about how their day was. Do not interrupt them to give advice about how they should have felt or handled their situation. Allow them their own time to finish talking and listen until they do. Let them realize that you are there to talk it through with when they have problem that they shouldn’t feel like bottling it up and agonizing over it alone.

    As parents, sometimes we, consciously or unconsciously, place heavy expectations on our children, weighing them down. It is important to be aware of ourselves and our children’s ability. Motivate your children to do their best and assure them that any setbacks is not the end.

    Be positive. Celebrate with your children for their accomplishments. When they are disappointed, help them focus on the positive side of the situation. Every day, ask them to visualize about achieving their goal—acing an exam, talking in front of a large crowd, winning the medal for the team—in detail. This helps to greatly increase children’s confidence and comfort level, allowing them to do better in the task they undertake.