Many people think of stress as an adult condition, but navigating childhood and its challenges can be stressful, and sometimes taking a deep breath and going on with their day isn’t the best solution for your child. Stress can be harmful to the body if left untreated and unaddressed.
As the school year ends and summer vacation rolls in, your child may need relaxation and destressing. Relieving tension in a child may look different than in an adult. Here are some kid-friendly ways to help ease stress this summer for a care-free and lighthearted break.
Have a Vision Board Party
Have your child cut out pictures and words from magazines related to their dreams, aspirations, and interests. Then, have your child glue them on a poster board to display in their room.
Creating a vision board allows them to think about their future positively, and displaying things they love will enable them to focus on their dreams when they’re upset.
During this process, create a party out of it by providing their favorite snacks and playing music.
Paint, Draw, or Color It Out
Allowing your child’s creative juices to flow when stressed will allow their brain to focus on something other than the stressor. Visual arts is a great way to ease the pressure and practice those creative skills! Have your child paint, draw, or color in their favorite coloring book when they feel tense.
Have a Change in Scenery
Sometimes a situation can be so upsetting or stressful that it’s best to walk away. When your child is upset or stressed, changing their scenery is a great way to calm them down. If you’re inside, go outside and take them on a walk around the neighborhood. If you’re outside, go indoors and watch a movie. Either way, a change in scenery can help relieve tension.
Encourage Them To Talk It Out
Your child needs a listening ear and someone to understand them. Ask appropriate questions and try to level with them. If your child can verbalize their feelings, talking about what is bothering them gives them a chance to process and understand their emotions. It would be best to resist the urge to “fix” or find a solution to the problem.
Destress With Karaoke Sessions
Who doesn’t love a good sing-along session? Singing and dancing to their favorite songs is a great way to help relieve stress this summer. Even if you can’t sing, allow those endorphins to release and make you feel good! You can make this a daily routine or something that happens spur of the moment.
Encourage Them To Start Journaling
Encouraging your child to journal is a great way to help relieve stress this summer, especially for those who can’t verbalize their feelings aloud. Writing down their feelings can significantly affect their mood because they can release their emotions without the fear of someone reading their words. Give your child a notebook and reassure them that no one will ever have access to it.
Growing up and trying to pinpoint emotions can be stressful. Allow your child to release the tension by encouraging kid-friendly ways to help relieve stress this summer. By having a stress-free summer, they can go into the new school year with more gratitude and a better outlook on their future.