Children experiencing stress rises during school

Published 7:00 am Thursday, August 20, 2015

While children don’t have the responsibilities that come with being an adult, they can still experience stress. With every year that passes, it seems as though more is expected from children academically, which can take a toll on their mind and body, causing them to experience stress at an early age.
Michelle Kambolis, author of “Generation Stressed” and child therapist, told ABC News that she’s noticed an increase in the number of children experiencing stress, often peaking during the back-to-school season.
“The anticipation of not knowing what to expect, all of that anticipatory anxiety can really be upsetting to them,” Kambolis said.
The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting yet stressful time in a child’s life. Not only do they have to learn new and challenging curriculum but they also have to make new friends and meet new teachers in their classes.
According to a study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, the number of children visiting emergency rooms due to stress-related symptoms skyrockets in the fall.
However, there are numerous ways parents and children can beat stress this school year.
Over the years, physical activity has proven to reduce stress and anxiety, which can benefit children in the long run. Whether they decide to participate in sports, join a dance team or play in their backyard, children will benefit from any activity that encourages them to exercise.
It’s also recommend that parents and children discuss stress and find ways to help cope with any anxiety-ridden situation.
In this day and age, it seems like more is expected from children academically, especially high school students gearing up to apply for college. A lot of stress results from studying for college assessment exams all while attending high school.
It’s important children learn at an early age how to manage stress in order to succeed in school and live a healthier life.

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