There’s not an adult alive who hasn’t dealt with stress. Whether it’s from your job, marriage, relationships, or self-inflicted, it can consume you. Unfortunately, children are showing more and more signs of extreme stress. Many times they are dealing with difficult family issues or problems at school. Just as in adults, it can take its toll on their health and quickly spiral out of control.
What may start out as an overload of homework can turn into stress over grades, sleepless nights, exhaustion in the morning, not listening in class, and arguments with family members only to be repeated the next day.
If your child is struggling in school, make an appointment with their teacher to discuss it sooner versus later. Enlist their help in finding solutions to help support your youngster. Stay in communication with their teacher to prevent any misunderstandings, and avoid jumping to conclusions when you only know one side of the story.
It is estimated that over 70% of Americans deal with some type of stress whether it be physical or psychological. Most of the time we simply want it to go away without looking at the root cause behind it.
So, what is behind the stress in your life? It can show up in any number of things including: marriage & family, relationships, finances, career, and health. It’s essential that we learn how to manage it, or it will destroy us.
I believe that stress is one of those things that you sometimes don’t realize is really affecting you until you end up in the ER. People even miss the early warning signs because no one ever thinks that something bad could happen to them.
But, before we talk about managing stress, let’s talk about avoiding it as much as possible. This may seem simplistic, but I think that some stress could be avoided by recognizing your trouble spots.
What are your triggers? Is it your home life, outside relationships, job, or your health?