Originated by John O’Donoghue
Knowing how to keep calm in emotionally difficult situations is an important life skill that’s never too early to learn. Even if you don’t feel you’ve mastered it yourself, you can still help your child manage their stress levels – and perhaps improve your own stress management in the process.
Children and young people face many stresses, which can include school-related things such as exams, homework, friendship difficulties and bullying, or possibly parental break up and moving house. When children are stressed, teachers may notice increased levels of anger and temper tantrums or withdrawal and anxious behaviours, as well as problems sleeping.
For pupils to learn how to relax and calm down is a key skill in learning to deal with stress, no matter what age you are. However, it is a skill that requires regular practice, so instilling this knowledge in your pupils now will help them learn early on how to face stressful situations in a healthy way.