We’ve asked a Registered Psychologist at BC Children's Hospital to help answer some questions about stress.
One thing that’s changed a lot for many children and youth is access to the internet and social media. This can make life more complex these days.
Children and youth experience social media in a wide range of ways, both in healthy and unhealthy ways. Sometimes it can feel as if there is no “off-switch", and these platforms can amplify everyday stressors.
For tips on developing healthy technology habits in your family, listen to our Keeping Tech in Check podcast.
Another cause of family stress is having too much to do. Can you schedule in some time to slow down and recharge? Read these tips for ways to help lower some stress.
Finding a balance between school, activities, fun and play can sometimes mean the difference between a busy child and a stressed one.
If your child is tired often, frequently says they would like to stay home and do nothing, what used to be fun isn’t fun anymore, or their grades start to drop, these may be signs that your child is too busy.
Take a look at their schedule and replay some mental images over the past week: Was there some down time? Was there time for rest and play?
Here you’ll find some tips for creating family routines and simplifying schedules.