When we hear ‘back to school’ we think about school shopping, packing lunches and homework. What about the social and emotional well-being of the child?
The transitional issues, the stress and the pressure that can creep into a child’s psyche at this time of year can become overwhelming. With ADHD, depression and anxiety on the rise in children and teens, it becomes increasingly important that kids learn the skills to deal with some of the stressors and pressures that can arise during the school year. As parents, there are ways that we can help them build this skill set, in providing our kids with down-time, teaching mindfulness, and using nature. ‘After school’ time has become synonymous with homework and extracurricular activities. What if the time directly after school was spent unwinding? After a day of sitting, listening, paying attention and even behaving, down time can be extremely beneficial.
5 Ways to Help Manage Stress
- Teach mindfulness. Mindfulness encourages kids to stop and think about their bodies, thoughts, and feelings. In an over-scheduled world, we forget to pay attention to the way we breathe and to our connection to the earth. Here are 7 really easy (and awesome) activities to do with kids to help teach mindfulness and provide a state of calm.
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