Kids & Stress

Adults who had stressful childhoods are more likely to have heart disease and diabetes than adults who weren’t stressed as children, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Help your child cope with stress now to avoid heart disease later with these tips.

Acknowledge it. Talk to your child in a supportive tone about what’s going on and listen when he or she shares feelings.

Troubleshoot together. Help your child devise a plan for working through problems, but don’t give him or her all the answers. Acting as a sounding board will help your child learn how to deal with future stressors independently.

Leave room for free time. If your child’s schedule is packed, start saying no to some activities. Kids need downtime.

Make gratitude a habit. Help your child see the good and be grateful each day. Have everyone say one thing he or she is thankful for at breakfast or before bed.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Bingham Healthcare mental health counselors are here for you. If you or a loved one are struggling with overwhelming emotions or have mental health concerns, please call (208) 785-3800 to schedule an appointment or visit www.BinghamMemorial.org/Mental-Health-Counselors.

Our mental health specialists see patients in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.

Schedule your Telehealth visit today!

All of Bingham’s mental health professionals are still accepting Telehealth appointments, which means you can have your appointment over the phone or computer from the comfort of your own home. For more information, please call (208) 785-4100 or visit www.BinghamHealthcare.org/Telehealth.

Our content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

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