Stress happens to all of us, it is an undeniable part of life.
The trick is figuring out how to handle stress, and with kids it's a bit tricky.
Kids show us they are stressed in a number of ways: they can have trouble sleeping, or eating, trouble with friends, trouble concentrating or focusing, they may have physical complaints of aches and pains, especially stomach aches. The biggest and most challenging thing is that often stressed kids will act out and challenge us with their behavior. As parents and caretakers, this can be so frustrating, and they likely feel frustrated too.
We are all wired for fight or flight, the natural mechanism to confront challenges. This is so helpful when it keeps us from stepping into traffic, or when it keeps us alert and focused so we can do well on a test. It is not helpful when it is chronic. Long term exposure to stress wears us out, body/mind/spirit. The brain is complicated part of the body, but in simplest terms the part of the brain which is responsible to regulate stress responses can actually become overworked, and things like poor concentration, fatigue, depression and anxiety can all be a direct result of this.
At Wellness Hub we offer two options for stress relief for kids. We have Music Therapy with Olivia Overton, MT-BC who offers groups and works with individuals. Music Therapy allows for non verbal expression which is invaluable for kids who typically have difficulty expressing themselves using words because they aren't developmentally ready. Olivia uses drums, keyboard, guitar and vocals.
We also offer Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra combines both yoga and meditation, and is specifically designed to offer deep relaxation through long savasana which is the part of yoga where we rest. Amanda Tranghese is our Nidra teacher and offers this for both adults and kids. Evidence shows that regular practice of Nidra can bring lasting changes and she offers time limited workshops with specially designed homework for daily practice. Amanda also works with adults, offering weekly classes and 1:1 sessions.
Stress usually feels like it takes control of our lives. Come and find out how to change this and feel better.