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De-Stress With Kids' Activities

Relax Already: Get Juvenile

Now that I'm an adult, I often think back to the days when I was a carefree little girl and the only things I had to worry about were which color dress to wear to school and where to get enough blankets to make a fort. When life's stresses get me down now, I take a cue from my girls and play like a kid. It really helps take my mind off frustrating grownup problems and calms me down so I can better deal with those adult issues. Here are some ideas:

  • Color, draw, paint, or knit. Do something crafty with your hands.
  • Play with your pet.
  • If it's nice out, enjoy the sunshine and the wind in your face with a bike ride. Don't forget your helmet!
  • Swing or play in a park.
  • If there's still snow where you live, go sledding or make a snowman.
  • Join a kickball team.
  • Read a kids' book or other easy read.
  • Play with a child — a good game of foursquare relieves a lot of stress.
  • Turn up some music and dance around the house.
  • Bake something scrumptious.
Join The Conversation
teenprograms teenprograms 7 years
Professional mental health recovery counselors recommend stress and anxiety reduction therapies and counseling programs for troubled teenagers. Counselors offer stress intervention programs that assess the special needs of depressed children and effective healing plans are prepared. Parenting tips and advices play an important role in diminishing poor behavior and emotions of under pressure kids.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I jump rope all the time. It reminds me of recess when I was in 4th grade...we used to have jump rope competitions and I used to win all the time. Ah, memories :)
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
Frisbee, a tennis ball, playing cards, hopscotch, jacks - so many things I still play take my back to my childhood, even if just to pass time; my all time favourite: Chinese Jumprope (Jumpsies)!! I totally rule at this! Makes me wish we had recess breaks at work...sigh
AZDaisy AZDaisy 7 years
I recently joined a dodgeball is SO much fun. Especially the not so childlike drinking we do after the games :-P
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