It’s a tough world out there for our kids. Since they’re bombarded with so much information daily, it can be hard to know which is important and worth paying attention to. It’s also crucial that they learn how to manage their stress levels as early as possible. This blog post will explore the science behind what causes childhood stress and tips on how parents can help their children cope with this pressure to be mentally and physically healthy.
What Causes Childhood Stress?
Children are just as susceptible to stress, and different environmental factors can cause them emotional distress.
So, stressors such as traumatic events or the slow build-up of individual issues could lead children into feeling high amounts of anxiety that may adversely affect their mental health.
Unfortunately, living in urban poverty puts kids at risk for increased exposure to crime and violence, which only increases these negative emotions they feel on top of already trying situations they face every day.
What Is The Impact Of Childhood Stress?
A growing body of research has documented that children and adolescents who grow up in poor neighborhoods do less well on various developmental outcomes, social, emotional, and cognitive.
Traumatic and stressful experiences that may range from major life events (e.g., child abuse, divorce) to chronic interpersonal stress (e.g., family conflict) to daily hassles (e.g., no money for transportation) have been established as risk factors for a range of psychological problems, internalizing as well as externalizing. The child may act out in public or at school.
- They may take out their feelings of frustration on their peers.
- They may struggle to focus and keep up with school work
- School-drop out.
What Are The Solutions?
Mindfulness & Yoga– regular exercise is a great way to ease stress. It improves sleep quality and lowers stress hormones, meditation, and breathing exercises. Also, to give the child a sense of calm that lasts throughout their day. So, providing children with these tools will relieve stress and give them confidence. Some studies have even found that yoga can be as effective as antidepressants.
Childhood stress is a real issue and one that we need to be aware of. There are many ways to help children who live in urban poverty, but bringing mindfulness into their communities is something we can do today! By doing this, you will reduce the amount of childhood stress they experience at school or on the playground and improve your community’s overall well-being. If you’re interested in sponsoring these types of activities, please get in touch with us so we can learn more about what kinds of events would work best for your family and community needs