Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stress Busting - Part One: Stress Management for Kids

Everyone has stress.  Stress is not always bad, in fact, it is normal!  Stress is what makes us get out of bed in the morning because we have things to do and people to see. Stress makes us move through our morning routines so we do not experience undesirable stress – like missing the bus!  Stress makes us study for a test and do our homework. If we are concerned what others will think of us, stress makes us brush our teeth and wear deodorant.

        The problem we experience with stress happens when there is too much of it.  Then, we begin to react to the stress.  It causes problems for our body, such as, headaches, stomach aches, or not being able to concentrate.  In these cases stress can be good or bad. 

        For example, weddings are happy family events, but they can be very stressful. People worry about money and paying for thing they want, or not having enough money for those things.  Family members may disagree or cause arguments when together.  Sometimes people must travel great distances to attend a wedding and then they have to make arrangements to eat and sleep.  On the other hand, death is a sad experience and it brings changes in families and friendships.  There is sadness and people have to deal with grief, financial changes, or even moving.

Keep posted for Part Two tomorrow!   Check out Counselor Games for games and play to teach stress management to students!