When we think of stress we usually think of an overworked adult or someone with family and/or financial problems. But for many years now, stress amongst students has risen and new research has shown that even young children can suffer from stress.
Look back over your childhood; it seemed like a magical stress-free time, right? Nevertheless, the truth is, growing up nowadays is a whole new kettle of fish. Thanks to internet advances and tests in schools, children as young as pre-schoolers are suffering.
The website – kidshealth.org – warns that stress can affect anyone who feels overwhelmed – even kids. It states that in pre-schoolers, separation from parents can cause anxiety, and as kids get older, academic and social pressures (especially from trying to fit in) create stress. This is not the first time we hear about children being stressed due to academic pressure, as there is an ongoing debate about putting so much pressure on kids at such a young age as it is linked with anxiety.
However, it is not just school matters that can worry kids. Sometimes parents can unknowingly transfer their own worries onto their children – especially financial worries. Children pick up on things, even when you think they are not listening. If you do detect behaviours related to stress in your kids, the most important thing is to let them know that you understand that they are stressed and not to dismiss their feelings as inappropriate.
According to the NHS, symptoms of stress can manifest themselves in four ways: mentally, physically, emotionally and behaviourally, and can be simple things such as feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty making decisions, or headaches and muscle tension.
If you are stressed at work, something simple like taking a five-minute break or even counting to ten can make all the difference. Yet there are other times where you may feel the symptoms of stress and you may not know it, or think it is something else. However, it is important to learn that this feeling is temporary, and that it is within you to put a remedy to it.
Or, we can learn to turn anxiety and stress into excitement by changing our posture and thinking positively. According to Professor Ian Robertson, a neuroscientist and chemical psychologist, it is all about feeding good thoughts into our minds and convincing ourselves that we are not stressed, but rather excited. When confessing our excitement out loud, the effect is even more evident. By changing perception of stress, we can increase our performance to our best. Mindset determines performance, and under stress, peak results can be achieved. When properly used, stress can be used to our advantage.
Similar results have also been achieved through positive thinking and daily meditation. Or by participating in a meeting filled with positive people, stress and the problems that cause it simply lose their influence, especially when a social group is formed to support one another and share their stories.
At the UCKG HelpCentre you will find people willing to help you overcome your stressful challenges. Why not talk to us at 020 7686 6000 or pay us a visit at any of our addresses. Our meetings are meant to inspire you, lift your spirits up and follow-up on your journey to becoming a better and happier person.