Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action. It is the need to attain or attend to something we may be opposed to. Items causing stress: emotional or physical triggers, memories, an idea, a sound, or a reaction. Stress brings up our heart rate, causes a headache, stomach ache, shakiness, emotional distress, and other physical conditions leading to anxiety, depression, or panic attacks.
Coping and grounding skills for stress management
The 4 A’s: When your stress level exceeds your ability to cope, you need to restore the balance by reducing the stressors or increasing your ability to cope, or both. Try using one of the four A’s: avoid, alter, accept or adapt. (mayo clinic)
How breathing can help with meltdowns
How do we handle stress? Or does stress handle us? Sometimes I feel like pressure controls me. When my heart starts to race, my hand begins to open and close, and my legs rock. I seem to twitch or kick my legs when I am stressed. It is like putting a child on your ankle and rocking him up and down for a pony ride. I seem to forget all my training and simple let it build up in me. I know the things to do, and I teach my clients what to do when stressed. Somehow […]
When do you become frustrated?When people are expecting or demanding more than you can give, what happens to your ability to function?Our children who have special needs may have a lower tolerance or ability to handle frustration. People don’t typically think first before throwing out commands, and they may use a tone of urgency when speaking. These two actions may cause the child to react in significantly extreme behaviors, which in turn, we respond. I have noticed during this time of our ‘new normal’ and ‘social distancing’ that I am reacting to other people’s reactions and not […]
I have heard from parents who have special needs children. They feel the burnout, the stress, the overwork, and the fear of being a bad mother or deemed uncaring. This is very far from the truth. Caring for children can be the most rewarding and stressful job in the world. It takes your time, energy, and mental ability to stay on top of things involving children. With all the activities and responsibilities a child requires, what can a person do to ward off burnout? A few ideas could be; a walk in the park, an extra-long bubble […]
Brrring Brring the song “Let’s Dance- Move it” comes on over his phone. He reaches over and thinks: “What day is it?” Oh, yes work and school come to mind. He reaches over and stops the music. He pulls himself out of his bed and stumbles down the hallway, navigates over the toys, dog, and clothes strewn all over the floor from his bedroom to the kitchen. He yells for the kids to get up as he looks in the fridge for some semblance of a healthy breakfast. He finds milk, eggs, and cheese. He ponders what […]