It’s a fact that the immediate environment and/or caregiver, even the youngest child will sense stress. Stress has a clear impact on one’s mental well-being. In fact, more and more studies are showing that mentally healthy children are better at dealing with the challenges of life. We become good teachers as well and have better relationships.
Types of Stress
Sometimes stress can also be optimistic. For example, warning of imminent (potential) risk. It can even boost memory and help you accomplish your tasks more efficiently.
Some stress can have a more severe impact, usually because of more extreme and long-lasting issues. It may include serious illness and/or serious accidents with or without hospitalization, natural disaster, death or long-term isolation from a loved one. On a higher level, toxic stress arises “when a child suffers serious, recurrent and/or sustained trauma, such as emotional or physical abuse persistent abandonment, misuse of the caregiver drug or mental illness, social isolation, and/or cumulative pressures of family economic hardship”.
Any stress response results in increased levels of cortisol in the brain. The more extreme and persistent the stress, the more the brain’s elevated chemical levels continue to affect it. Not only the brain but also the body is affected by it. These sustained high chemical levels can cause negative, even permanent changes in different systems in the body. In fact, even a developing brain at an early age.
How to Deal with Stress
It’s part of growing up to learn how to deal with frustration, challenges, and suffering. Children rely on adult supportive interactions around them to balance the physical effects of stress. Therefore, important adult relatives, family members, early childhood teachers, domestic helpers, etc. should be aware of their own strategies to cope with stress. They need to use them to be that caring person that the child needs in a moment of crisis. This will ultimately help them to teach the child.
Clearly, understanding the stress levels in the life of a child is important. Above all, avoiding and alleviating the stress levels as quickly and effectively as possible is important.