Stress Relief for Children

Just like adults, young adolescents and children can feel the effects of everyday pressures. Often, a sudden life change—whether it is positive or negative—can trigger stress and anxiety.

Other aspects of a child’s life can feel scary such as school, making friends, tests and bullying. If your child feels angry or frustrated, help them to identify these emotions. Ask them to put their feelings into words. By verbalising the problem, they can fine-tune their emotional awareness.

If your child indicates that something is making them upset, give them comfort and show your support. Once you have identified the trigger for their stress, try to remove or alleviate it as much as possible. For example, if an overload of after-school activities is making your child feel as though they can’t complete their homework, consider cutting these activities down.

You could even help them to create a timetable to manage their time more effectively. While it can be tempting to fix every problem for your child, it is important that they learn to navigate some situations themselves. Provide them with advice and allow them to follow it through. This will help them develop problem-solving skills. You could also cover breathing techniques or introduce them to a stress ball as a way of coping.