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Understanding Your Children's Stressors

Stress, a state of mental tension arising from challenging circumstances, is an inherent aspect of the human experience. It is crucial to acknowledge that stress is a universal phenomenon, impacting individuals of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, including children. They, too, can experience stress, which may influence their behaviour and learning patterns. Even seemingly minor stressors can impact them.

Potential causes of stress in children can stem from various sources. These may include the introduction of a new sibling, relocating to a new house, increasing academic demands, forging new friendships, encountering bullying, parental separation and various situations at home, among other stress triggers.

This stress can manifest in psychological conditions and may also contribute to health problems in children. It is important to be attentive to these stressors and their potential effects on the well-being of young individuals.

Children up to 3 years old often exhibit signs of stress through various behavioural changes. They may engage in heightened attachment behaviours, such as clinging to a caregiver more than usual. Disruptions in eating and sleeping patterns and regression to behaviours reminiscent of their younger age are common. Irritability, hyperactivity, increased demands and a heightened sense of fear or wariness towards certain things also indicate stress. Additionally, crying may become more frequent as a visible expression of their emotional distress.

Stress manifests in different ways in children aged 4 to 6. Their ability to concentrate may decrease, and they might display extremes in activity levels – either becoming more hyperactive or inactive than usual. Changes in eating and sleeping patterns persist and signs of heightened anxiety or worry may emerge. Clinging to adults for reassurance, irritability, withdrawal from play or communication and taking on adult roles are further indications that these children may be experiencing stress and struggling to cope with their emotions.

The manifestation of stress extends beyond mere psychological strain, exerting tangible effects on the body. This physical impact may materialise in various forms, such as fluctuations in weight, stomach discomfort, headaches and dizziness. Young individuals under stress might also experience involuntary shaking, persistent fatigue, muscle weakness, general body aches and dry mouth discomfort. These physical symptoms are poignant reminders of the intricate connection between mental well-being and bodily health. As stress takes its toll, the body responds with an array of signals, highlighting the importance of addressing this pervasive phenomenon's emotional and physical dimensions.

No one is immune to the trials and tribulations that prompt stress emergence. However, as a parent, extra love and support can be given to your child. It can help reassure them and helping them find positive coping tools for dealing with stress may help ease symptoms.

How We Can Help

At Mentalmatics, we understand that children bear their own burdens at school. That is why we provide them with enjoyable and relaxing lessons through games, songs and dancing. We hope that by engaging in these activities, our students can enhance their brain development and become increasingly accomplished.

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