How can you help our grandchildren cope with stress? Part 1
In How does stress affect your teenage grandchildren? we looked at some alarming statistics about how teenagers are becoming more and more stressed.
Just like their parents, they are suffering from things such as financial issues, school work, peer pressure, and performance anxiety.
We all know that stress is necessary for many people to perform at their best, however, the increased amounts of cortisol in the brain caused by low to moderate sustained stress is causing increasing cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Looking at things in a negative way
As human beings we seemed to be programmed to look at things in a negative way. We tend to see the bad, long before we ever see the good in any situation. This can cause the chemicals in our brains to be on constant alert, and make it difficult to relax and unwind.
It is important to encourage and show your grandchildren ways they can look at things more positively.
Being able to focus on the good things will bring about a change in their lives, and will improve their mental well-being.
Let’s start looking at ways you can help your grandchildren reduce stress and be healthier.
Taking time to focus on the positive
Spend a few minutes each day focusing on the good things that happened that day. Never discuss the negative things. Instead, find three good things which have happened and focus on them.
Your grandchild may have taken a nice walk in the park. He or she may have met a new friend or enjoyed the sun rising.
These small things are of great consequence. They help us see how much good there is in our world, and hold our attention on them instead of negative things.