Not all stress is bad. Sometimes stress can motivate you to prepare or improve. Examples include someone who gets bad news about their health, their way to coping with this stress is to make changes to their eating habits or their exercise habits. That stress motivated them to make a change. If your child is stressed about a test or an assignment, helping them prepare or finish will help them manage the stress.
It is important to know when you are feeling stressed, what does it feel like to you? Problems sleeping, not eating, eating without thinking, getting frustrated easily, low energy, etc. These are all signs of stress.
Check in with your doctor, are these things caused by a medical issue or is it stress?
What can you do when feeling stressed? Start with the basics: get the right amount of sleep, get exercise (walking 30 minutes a day, yoga, playing outside (like tag, etc)), eat healthy. Learn and use relaxation: learn how to take deep breaths, be creative (write down your stress, paint, draw, even the adult color pages, ), talk to a friend, maybe even host a family dance party for 30 minutes. Take a pause from the stress, laughter and breathing do make a difference.
Could it be more than stress? If it seems like the triggers are low and the feelings continue, this could be symptoms of depression or anxiety. Use any of the referrals to get the help you or your student deserves.
For more information on conditions that affect mental health, resources, and research, visit www.mentalhealth.gov, or the NIMH website at www.nimh.nih.gov. In addition, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus service has information on a wide variety of health topics, including conditions that affect mental health.