All children and youth experience stress in their lives. For some, the return to school after holidays can lead to worry or anxiety about things like difficult new classes, meeting new classmates or adjusting to new teachers.
These and other concerns are normal for a child experiencing a change in routine or a new school experience.
While not all stress is bad, it's important to be able to recognize and take action when stress starts to have a negative effect on a child's thoughts, feelings or behaviour. Effective stress management can lead to better physical and mental health for the whole family.
Stresslr is a free, online resource developed by BC Children’s Hospital to help children develop healthy stress management skills – when adjusting to changes at school, or all year long. It provides a fun and engaging way for children ages 9 - 11 to learn about dealing with stress.
By following Stresslr, a friendly robot, children learn to understand what causes them stress, how they react to it and how to develop healthy coping strategies for their everyday lives.
“Stresslr helps kids learn more about what stresses them out, and teaches them simple things to do like belly breathing or storing worries in a worry box when a stressful situation is coming up”, says Andrew Tugwell, Director Health Promotion & Prevention, BC Children’s Hospital, PHSA.
Stresslr includes activities that help children to:
- Learn what stress is and how stress can affect people;
- Identify what causes them stress and how they react to stress;
- Learn simple problem solving steps to help them manage stress; and
- Learn relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing.
Watch this introductory video to learn more and meet Stresslr.
can be used on any iPhone, Android, tablet, or computer. Visit stresslr.ca
to get started!
The BC Children’s Hospital Health Literacy Team aims to enhance the mental health literacy of children, youth and families in BC through a number of projects and initiatives. The Health Literacy portfolio supports a number of Healthy Living Initiatives, which help families to learn about healthy living strategies for promoting positive mental health, including healthy eating, physical activity, healthy sleep habits, and stress management.