Reducing Stress

A smiling boy hugging his momStress Doesn’t Just Impact You. It Also Impacts Your Children.

Stress is a part of life. Too much stress can cause health problems and can make parenting more difficult. Caregiver stress can even contribute to children's challenging behavior. This brochure identifies some easy-to-use stress reduction and self-care tips. It can be shared with parents and staff.

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Take Care of Yourself: Reduce Your Stress

We all have stress. Stress is part of life.

There are many sources of stress. Some stress can come from outside sources like:

  • Conflict with others
  • Challenges at work or school
  • Limited finances
  • Illness
  • Loss of a loved one

Some stress comes from inside sources such as:

  • Worrying about things you can’t control
  • Unrealistic beliefs
  • Fear of failure

Too much stress can take a toll on your health and your ability to parent. You can take steps to care for yourself and reduce your stress.

Do you have too much stress? Did you know reducing your stress can help your child’s behavior?

Do you have:

  • Memory problems
  • Frequent worries
  • Feelings of irritability
  • Headaches, chest pains, stomach pains, frequent illnesses
  • Increase/decrease in appetite
  • Difficulty/irregular sleeping
  • Excessive use of medications, alcohol, or cigarettes
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Reducing your stress can help you enjoy time with your children and help your children learn to cope with stress.

Take Steps to Reduce Your Stress

7 Tips and Tools to Reduce Stress

  • Notice your thoughts and feelings without thinking they are wrong.
  • Focus on what is in your control, not what is out of your control.
  • Spend time with friends.

Take Care of Yourself

  • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Spend a few minutes of quiet time each day.
  • Exercise and spend time doing things you enjoy.
  • “Talk back” to your unhelpful thoughts.

Topic:Mental Health

Keywords:Managing stress

Resource Type: Publication

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: June 27, 2019