14 Stress Management Tips for Kids and Parents with Galaxy-Boy Delivery

Sometimes life can get super stressful, and that means it’s time for some stress management tips from Galaxy-Boy Delivery! These are tips that can help you destress, but also help you manage your stress in interactive ways. All of these stress management tips are for both parents and kids, which would make a great way to create a healthy stress management plan for yourself and your entire family.

It’s also very important to note that these apps, books and stress management tips should not be used as a replacement for professional medical care or therapy. If you, your kids or your entire family is experiencing extreme stress or anxiety, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider or mental health professional.

Now let’s get into 14 Stress Management Tips for Kids and Parents!

Stress Management Apps, Books and Advice

  • Breathing Exercises – If you’re feeling nervous, scared or anxious one thing you need to do is be calm, stay still and catch your breath. There are many apps, guides and even books that help you practice breathing. There are many types of breathing exercises to practice too from better focus to calming the mind. Once you practice breathing enough, it becomes a good habit whenever you may feel stressed to go into a more calming peace of mind.

    Some apps to check out for breathing exercises are:
    • “Breathe, Relax, Sleep” – This app is designed to provide relaxation techniques and calm minds using deep breathing, and guided imagery.
    • “Calm Kids” – This app is designed for children ages 3 and up and helps kids learn how to manage their emotions and reduce stress and anxiety through deep breathing exercises, guided meditations, and relaxation techniques.
    • “Breathing Bubbles” – This app is designed for children ages 3 and up and helps kids learn how to control their breathing and manage stress and anxiety through fun and interactive games that involve blowing bubbles.
  • Listen to Music – There’s something about music that lets the mind separate from a stressful situation. Music playlists, soundtracks or even instrumental tracks have helped people for years find their inner calm. One thing you can check out too is the comments on music playlists where people uplift each other and spread positivity.
  • Take a walk or walk in place – Moving around helps stress management since it allows you to see new sights around your neighborhood or city. It helps you escape from the current feeling of stress. Or you can even walk in place at home or use videos on YouTube like Running with Adam’s videos to use them as visual guides for your at home walk.
  • Exercise – Exercising is known to help rid away stress since it gets you up and about and focused on a healthy lifestyle.
  • Play a peaceful game – There are many apps that help you take a break and practice mindfulness. Here are a few to consider:
    • “Stop, Breathe & Think Kids” – This app helps children practice mindfulness and emotion regulation through activities like guided meditations and yoga.
    • “Mindful Monsters” – This app teaches children mindfulness skills through interactive games and activities featuring cute monster characters.
    • “Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame” – This app, developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, helps children develop social and emotional skills through mindfulness practices and problem-solving activities.
    • “Insight Timer for Kids” – This app offers a variety of mindfulness and meditation activities specifically designed for children, including bedtime stories, guided meditations, and music tracks.
    • “Peace Out” – This app offers guided meditation and relaxation exercises for children, as well as sleep stories and ambient music to help kids relax before bedtime.
  • Talk to a friend on/offline – Sometimes talking is all you need to be able to solve your moment of stress. Talking to a friend or family member can help a ton! Even talking to your online friends (on apps safe for all ages) can help. Just always make sure what you share with others and only talk to people you can trust.
  • Meditate – Meditation and reflecting on the moment is what can truly reshape your life in a more positive light. Meditation comes in all different forms, from breathing exercises to a more advanced guided meditation that will help you realize many different parts of yourself and what stresses you out the most.
  • Pray – Silent prayer helps overcome almost any problem you may have. Asking God for help and reflecting on the moment is what can help you reach peace of mind. Reading the Bible also helps you overcome challenges that you may relate to in His Word.

  • Watch a calming show – There are many series your kids will enjoy but the most calming to watch together are:
    • “Sesame Street” – This classic children’s show uses puppets, animation, and live actors to teach young children important social and emotional skills.
    • “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” – This show, hosted by the beloved Fred Rogers, teaches children about emotions, problem-solving, and other important life skills in a gentle and peaceful way.
    • “Thomas & Friends” – This show follows the adventures of a group of anthropomorphic train engines and is known for its positive themes and calming music.
    • “Peppa Pig” – This British animated show features the adventures of a lovable pig family and has a gentle, peaceful tone.
    • “Doc McStuffins” – This animated show follows a young girl who pretends to be a doctor and helps her stuffed animals and toys when they are “sick.” The show has a positive and nurturing tone.
  • Talk to your reflection in the mirror – Give yourself a pep talk in the mirror. Sometimes we just need to look at ourselves and collect the moment. Reconnect yourself to that moment, breathe and just look yourself in the eyes and find your way back.
  • Read a book – There are a ton of kids books all focused on stress that can help you overcome your stress:
    • “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain
    • “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!” by Mo Willems
    • “The Hug Book” by Dave Ross
    • “When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry” by Molly Bang
    • “The Good Egg” by Jory John
    • “Calm Down Time” by Elizabeth Verdick
    • “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds
    • “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss
    • “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae
    • “The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings” by Anna Llenas

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  • Write in a journal – Journaling can help the creative process but also gives you a lot of space to write about your thoughts, dreams, almost anything on your mind. This also gives you something to help express yourself! You can also draw pictures, cut out your favorite book quotes or just write your own letters to yourself! Writing about your dreams too is also very important to track your stress levels.
  • Roleplay – Dungeons and Dragons has been utilized to help people create characters and go on grand adventures together all in the comfort of your own home! DnD and other roleplay games also help you express some stress you may have stored up. Sometimes it’s easier for people to roleplay about their worries or stress than it is to talk directly about them. This then helps you talk about your stress later on once your characters have overcome something similar.
  • Write a story – Writing stories, letters or even character sheets can help you escape from your stress but also (just like roleplaying) challenge you to face your fears. It’s a great way to see how your characters or plotlines shape your own levels of stress. Once you write them down, read them back and read them aloud. You can also create book covers with the awesome graphic design app Canva.

Stress management can be hard to handle sometimes, but it’s important to take into consideration for your daily agenda. In between work and schoolwork spend some wellness time for yourself even if it’s just a few minutes per day! Try it step by step and then make it part of your routine. And remember, it starts with breathing, so breathe! God Bless!

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