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Tips to Help Your Child Cope with Stress

You think you're stressed?

Understanding newfangled math concepts and learning unfamiliar vocabulary words are just part of your child's day. With the rest of the day devoted to juggling homework, extracurricular activities, friends and chores, it's clear that you may not be the only one who is stressed in your household.

Stress is a natural part of a child's life. However, when it becomes overwhelming, it can become more than just mentally draining. It can be harmful to your child's health.

To help your child cope with stress, here are the following tips.

  • Help a younger child understand a stressful situation by explaining what is going on in simple, reassuring language. Offer understanding, support and lots of affection.
  • Don't push your child too hard. Offer praise and encouragement as often as you can.
  • Help your child find healthy ways to relieve stress by taking part in physical activities or writing in a journal, for example.
  • Set a good example by demonstrating self-control and coping skills. Encourage cooperation rather than competition.
  • When efforts at home fail, seek outside help from a pediatrician or a child psychologist.
  • Ask the doctor about supplements that might help your child cope with stress. Vital StressX, for example, contains a unique combination of seven of the most researched "adaptogens." This combination of herbs regulates cortisol, the "stress hormone," and helps the body's natural defenses fight against the results of poor diet, lack of sleep, pollutants and other elements that can contribute to stress.

For more details you can consult with Dr. Sharmistha Barai. Dr. Barai, a leading Child & Adolescent psychiatrist based in Saint Louis, Missouri can help you or anyone you know dealing with depression to find effective, medically-proven techniques to deal with the disease and other disorders. She specializes in general psycho-geriatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, drug and alcohol.

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