Stress does not only affect one person or one group of people. Anyone, even children, can feel the effects of being overwhelmed, tired and worried about the uncertainty of situations. As life slowly returns to normal from the pandemic and people finding themselves back in the office and children back in school, this change in routine is as stressful a time as any. Mindfulness, neurofeedback and meditation are natural ways to calm nervous systems and bodies down in moments of stress. For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative with Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, shares some activities to help you and your child manage stress in healthy ways.
A little bit of positivity can go a long way in times of stress, and writing down a few things you’re grateful for throughout the day can help you feel grounded. Children can also participate by keeping their own gratitude journal in moments that they feel overwhelmed. English shares that reading back on the things you and your child have written down can help in times that are not going well.
Walk in Nature
English advises walking outdoors to help clear your head after a full day of sitting in one scenery. Changing surroundings and breathing fresh air is beneficial to reset your mind and body. This is a great activity for the whole family to get involved with and incorporate in you and your child’s daily schedule.
When stress creeps in, people can forget to relax their muscles and breathe properly, maybe without even realizing it. English recommends practicing the 4-7-8 breathing technique with your child to practice meditation breathing. Breathe in for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds and breathe out for eight seconds. Taking 19 seconds out of the day to sit down and breathe with your child can help both of you get into the routine of using the method when you are overwhelmed.