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This is the 30th year of Stress Awareness Month. Just like Barracudas, Stress Awareness Month began in 1992. Each April, this is an opportunity to raise awareness of the causes and cures of current stress issues.
This year, the theme is Community. With the recent challenges, now more than ever it’s important to reduce isolation and find community support to eleviate loneliness as we emerge from the pandemic, and face new challenges.
One of Barracudas key objectives is to improve wellbeing and support children's general development whilst they’re at camp. We’re right behind Stress Awareness Month again this year, and have a number of tips to help reduce stress for kids.
We all experience some level of stress at one time or another. Sometimes it can be difficult to see the signs of stress in children. Here are some things to watch out for:
Of course, you’ll know your child better than anyone else. All children can experience a number of these behaviours at any time. The key thing is to check for changed patterns of behaviours over a period of time.
There can be a number of key causes of stress in children. Here are some potential causes:
Learning how to cope with difficult or challenging situations is an important part of child development. If children's stress responses are triggered within the framework of a supportive environment, this results in developing healthy stress response systems.
However, if the response is extreme, long lasting and where a child doesn’t have relationships with adults to help minimise this, this can result in damaged or weakened systems with lifelong implications.
Find out more about positive, tolerable and toxic stress responses and effects from Harvard Education.
Stress is a inevitable fact of life. What we can do as parents is to help our children to manage stress and reduce stress levels so this doesn’t get overwhelming or lead to further issues. Here are some tips to help you help your child.
Want more handy tips? Take a look at the Managing stress session plan from The British Red Cross.
We understand it can be pretty stressful being a parent too. Here are some top tips to keep the parenting anxiety at bay:
It takes 30 days to turn actions into habits. Based on this, Stress Awareness Month have created a 30 day challenge to create habits that will lead to long term positive behavioural change. Get the challenge.