Learn how exercise, yoga and other physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety
Whether from busy schedules, pressures of work, or news and current events, it can be common for parents to feel stressed. However, it's important to remember that stress is not limited to adults – children and teens can experience stress, too.
"Children can experience stress or anxiety for a variety of reasons, such as changes in routine, interpersonal conflict or from expectations placed upon them," says Anna Lorenzi, MPH, Program Manager at Get Up & Go by Children's Health℠ supported by Kohl's Cares. "Children can also take on stress from their surroundings."
Children experience stress differently than adults, and they don't always have the words to express their feelings. This means that stress can show up in a variety of ways – such as mood swings, acting out, poor sleep or concentration, and even complaints of stomach aches or headaches.
Stress and anxiety can also lead to unhealthy habits, such as overeating or substance use. "Teaching your child healthy ways to handle their emotions from a young age can provide them with skills they will need as they get older," Lorenzi says.
Regular physical activity is one way to relieve stress and positively affect mental health. Learn why and see ideas for stress-reducing activities to incorporate into your family's routine.