Not all stress is bad. Sometimes it helps us manage challenge, such as focusing for an exam. But there are times when stress can make things more difficult.
Let your child know there’s no need to worry about feeling stressed. You can show them how to manage these emotions in a healthy way.
Check in with your child often to see how they’re doing. Notice how they respond during times of change or pressure. Make sure they know you’re there to talk if they want.
Your child’s day-to-day lifestyle can also affect how they feel in the first place. Are they eating well, sleeping well, and exercising? Try to help them develop healthy habits over time.
Read our advice on spotting the signs of stress.
Encourage your child to:
If your child or teenager is open to ideas, see if you can give them some tactics to reduce stress. This could include:
If they sometimes feel anxious too, read our advice on how to support your child with anxious feelings.