Finding Calm in Stressful Times
Are you stressed out? If so, you are not alone: According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, people in the U.S. report experiencing higher levels of stress than ever. And for many, more stress can mean feeling more anxious, fearful, sad, angry or tired.
Stress takes a toll on everyone in the family. It’s hard to be fully “present” as a parent when you feel distracted by worries. And ongoing stress can actually harm the growth and development of babies and children, causing long-term health effects. The good news? The more we know about stress, the more we can manage and overcome it, and begin to feel better.
In this Parenting Guide, we offer ideas for understanding, managing and building resiliency to life’s stressors. As a parent, how do you cope with stress? Managing stress can begin with exploring your own childhood memories. In this issue, we look at research on how ACEs — Adverse Childhood Experiences — impact how we manage stress as adults, and offer ideas to become more aware and skilled in managing stress now. We also explore how children become stressed, offering ideas on how to develop skills to reduce stress from the start, from creating a calming environment to dealing with bullying to helping children become more compassionate. And to help the whole family have fun and regenerate, we provide some creative stress-busting “staycation” ideas for spring.
Just in time for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, this issue offers some great ideas for easy and inexpensive gifts to make with children, sweet (and yes, healthy!) treat recipes, read-aloud book ideas and fun activities for families. And, as always, this issue has coupons, events and more to help improve life for busy families in Los Angeles County.
In this season of renewal, First 5 LA celebrates the positive power of parents to make it through stressful times — and help improve the world, one family at a time. Happy spring!