3 Signs Your Child Is Over Stressed

When we think about childhood, we tend to assume it is a stress-free time, as kids don’t have to go to work, pay bills, or be an adult. However, pediatricians and psychologists point out that kids do suffer from stress and stress can have a huge effect on a child. Learning stress coping techniques can be difficult, but it is crucial to your child’s development. And, they will need to use these skills throughout their adult lives. With this in mind, it is important to see the signs indicating that your child is over stressed. Here are three signs that your child is over stressed:

  1. Aches and Pains

Stress can cause physical sickness, aches, and pains. Have you noticed that your child is complaining of stomachaches or headaches, more than usual? This may be an indicator of high stress, or it may be an indication that your child needs to visit the pediatrician. Other aches and pains could be chest pains, or more severe symptoms would be difficulty breathing.

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  1. Anxiety and Isolation

Difficulty breathing may be a sign of  severe anxiety, or even an anxiety attack, where you should get your child professional help. However, your child may have less severe anxiety, which can easily go unnoticed. Have you noticed you’re your child is withdrawing themselves from their normal friends? Or do you have to do more convincing to get your child to go to dance, soccer, basketball, football, etc? Withdrawing from usual activities and social isolation are common symptoms of anxiety and being over stressed.

  1. Difficulty Handling Emotions

When children are under a great deal of stress, they can easily be set off by even the smallest of things. Is their green shirt still in the washing machine and they throw a fit? Or are they becoming more aggressive with you, siblings, friends, or pets? Are they having unusual outbursts, over normal things that wouldn’t usually bother your child? Are they going from one extreme to the other, from happy one second to screaming or crying the next? Outbursts, aggression, and mood swings are common symptoms of being over stressed.

Watch for these symptoms in order to determine if your child is suffering from stress. If your child is displaying these symptoms, there are ways to help your child cope with stress. One way to start would be to normalize stress, making it clear that stress is a normal part of everyday life. Your child needs to know that they are not the only one that is dealing with stress; they just need to figure out how to manage it. Physical activity is a good way to reduce stress, so while they may be pulling away from social activities, you can encourage your child to go for a bike ride, a run, or shoot some hoops. This gives your child the time they need, away from friends and people, and reduce their stress levels.



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