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  1. Latonya Mercer 8th Grade & 7th Grade Last name M-Z 854-2345 ext. 81023 Rachel Reich 6th Grade & 7th Grade Last name A - L 854-2345 ext. 81024 STRESS MANAGEMENT

  2. How do you define stress? • The mind and body’s response to any physical or emotional changes in life. • Tweens and teens are dealing with changes in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

  3. Does this sound familiar? • “I don’t have any friends.” • “My best friend doesn’t like me anymore.” • “I made a mistake. I’m a failure!” • “It’s got to be perfect!” • “My best friend moved, and I don’t know who I’m going to hang out with now.” • “I can’t find enough time to get everything done.” • “I don’t have classes with any of my friends."

  4. What do students worry about? • Too much going on – finding time to get everything done • School performance • Disagreements with friends • Fitting in • Being judged or being teased • Appearance – dealing with body changes • Family problems


  6. Red flag:My daughter has been complaining of bad pains in her head and neck. You take her to the doctor but nothing is physically wrong. • The issue: When the mind is overwhelmed it can affect the body. Complaints may include headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, and body aches.

  7. Red flag:Your daughter has stopped wanting to go to her dance class. In fact, she doesn’t want to do much after school anymore other than come home and stay home. The issue: After a day at school, an overwhelmed student may retreat to a place where she can avoid more challenges.

  8. Red flag:You ask what homework your son has and he says none. You find out two days later he had a big math assignment and failed it. The issue: A student can become so overwhelmed that he checks out. He may lie to avoid facing the challenge.

  9. Red flag:You ask your son if he has started his English project. He fusses back at you “why can’t you just leave me alone.” The issue: Anger and emotional reactions are signs of an overwhelmed child.

  10. GOOD VERSUS BAD • Stress is a natural part of life. • Not all stress is bad. It can put a student into action and help him/her accomplish tasks. • It can motivate and allow us to take on challenges. • Stress is bad when we’re overwhelmed by our challenges, don’t know how to cope, and can’t do our best work.

  11. SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR CHILD • Complaints of being tired or sick • Headaches, stomach aches, body aches and pains • Withdrawal, isolation • Constant worrying • Forgetfulness • Inability to focus and concentrate • Easily frustrated • Depression • Mood Swings • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control

  12. Trouble sleeping • Change in effort toward school • Avoiding school or a class (going to the nurse’s office) • Easily angered • Disruptive behavior • Self harm • Nail biting • Not eating or overeating

  13. WHAT CAN PARENTS DO? • Keep the lines of communication open with your child. Encourage your child to talk about feeling overwhelmed or out of control if that’s the case. • Communicate with teachers or school counselors about what you are seeing and hearing with your child. • Boost your child emotionally – celebrate small victories. • Balancing school and life demands requires staying healthy. Encourage exercise, good eating habits, and plenty of sleep.

  14. Help your child develop time management skills. Plan the week deciding what’s important and what’s optional. • Teach children to use a planner for daily, weekly, and monthly activities. • Start projects in plenty of time. Break down big projects into smaller chunks. • Don’t get in the habit of procrastinating.

  15. A balanced life should be the goal for all families. Is your child taking too many advanced courses? The right decision for him/her could be to let go of an advanced class. Make the workload manageable for your child. Your child should have time to do something he/she enjoys. They should have time to go out to dinner with the family. Help your child keep things in perspective. A year from now will what you worried about really be a big deal? This problem isn’t going to last forever. Don’t focus on the what if’s. - “What if I make a bad grade and what if I fail and then don’t get into the college I want?” Try not to focus on things beyond your realm of control.

  16. Focus on the positive with your child. What is going well? • Watch the parental pressure; putting too much pressure on your child to excel. • Shift your perspective. How are you defining success in your family? • Increase empathy. Ask questions and listen. Recognize when you switch into lecture mode. • Seek outside help if needed.

  17. STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES • Grounding techniques • Breathing exercises • Muscle relaxation • Visualization • Positive self talk • Participate in a hobby • Exercise • Journaling

  18. Listen to music • Spending time with a pet • Going outside in nature • Going for a walk • Taking a hot bath or shower • Calming apps • Talking to someone • Put worries on clouds and let them float away

  19. RESOURCES • Ways To Help Your Child Manage Stress • Managing Stress in Middle School • Help Your Child Reduce Test Stress • Coping With School Stress