Coping skills for children’s stress
Few people today have developed good coping skills, which are especially important for children. It’s unfortunate that coping skills for children’s stress is not taught in most schools. I am amazed at the number of preteens that are taking antidepressants every day. Parents need to be very aware of the need to help their children learn good coping skills. Good nutrition is important with stress management. Parents really need to teach their children not to turn to carbs for comfort. Many weight problems are directly connected to eating during times of stress.
Unfortunately, coping skills are very individualized. It is possible that the coping skills which parents use may also help their children. But this is not always true.
Things you can do to help your children cope with stress
- Adequate sleep is always important particularly in stressful situations, but many times stress will interrupt your sleep.
- Some adults like to work-out to work off frustrations. Kids might like to participate in contact sports.
- Talking with friends is a way we all de-stress; just be aware of where your children are getting advice.
- Being over scheduled can cause a lot of stress. Be aware of how many activities your children are involved in.
- Even being connected to their cell phones and keeping notifications on all night can increase stress hormones. Cell phones should be plugged in outside of their bedroom.
Find what works for you and your children. Many times taking several really deep breaths can calm someone down. Just be aware it may take up to 10 deep breaths. Some people meditate, do yoga, or go walking in the trees. Some people pray, while others find no benefits of prayer. My point, you really have to find what works for your kids and teach them to practice it often.
How stress affects diabetics
Especially if you are borderline diabetic, it is so important to find what coping mechanisms work for you. Learn to monitor your stress load and take care of your emotional health.
The emotional side of diabetes management is very important. Hormones released during stress will increase your blood sugars. Stress will raise your blood sugars unpredictably. Anyone who is diagnosed with a chronic disease will go through the steps of grieving. (The first step is denial!) Good coping skills will help individuals move forward with their lives after they have been diagnosed with a chronic disease.
Good luck and let me know what works for you! For more information contact me at Julie@kidsatriskfordiabetes.com.