Stress Management & Relaxation Training
Children today seem to live busier and more stressful lives than ever before. The pressure to perform and succeed comes from all areas ranging from academic, family and social relationships. Stress management strategies learned in childhood can last a lifetime and help kids find happiness for years to come.
Stress Management and Relaxation Training is often an important component of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for children and adolescents. They are taught how to reduce stress, alleviate physical pain (e.g. headaches and stomach aches) and eliminate anxiety and worry through methods like progressive muscle relaxation, body scanning and self-hypnosis. Children are taught these methods and given an audiotape so they can practice the skills at home. Biofeedback is often used to facilitate the relaxation response and teach kids to effectively self-regulate physiological functioning.