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November 8, 2011
The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.
Scientific American Mind (September 2011) offered "six strategies for fighting stress before it starts":
- Seek and kill. Take a few minutes every day to identify stressors in your life and find ways to reduce or eliminate them.
- Commit to the positive. Don't rely on self-destructive ways of coping with stress — drinking, drugs, overeating.
- Be your own personal secretary. People who keep lists of things to do really do more things.
- Immunize yourself. Through exercise, thought management, and the daily practice of relaxation techniques, you will be in a better position to face stressors.
- Make a little plan. Spend a few minutes every morning planning your day. You will waste less time, get more done, and feel less stressed.
- And make a big plan. Planning your future is a great way of exercising more control over your life.
Alice Honig's insightful book, Little Kids, Big Worries: Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms, is now available from Exchange. Research shows that stress in the crucial early years of a child's life can pose dramatic, lasting challenges to development, learning, and behavior. This is the practical book early childhood professionals need to recognize stress in young children — and intervene with proven relief strategies before pressures turn into big problems. Developed by celebrated early childhood expert Alice Sterling Honig, Little Kids, Big Worries: Stress-Busting Tips for Early Childhood Classrooms helps readers address the most common causes of stress in a young child's life, including separation anxiety, bullying, jealousy, and family circumstances.
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