Resilience Video Library
Resilience and emotional wellness
In addition to wanting our kids to be physically well, we also want them to be emotionally well. Life can be stressful, and kids need our help learning how to handle (and grow from) life’s ups and downs. Teaching kids how to identify and express their emotions, communicate, and manage stress in healthy ways is a great place to start.
Managing big emotions
When children don’t have the ability to express themselves with words, they show us with their behavior. Kids need help learning how to deal with emotions in healthy ways. Teaching coping skills, like deep breathing, can help children manage their emotions and build resilience, so they can handle life’s ups and downs.
Unlike normal breathing, taking deep breaths encourages us to slow down and pay attention to our body as we inhale and exhale. This relaxation exercise can help improve our ability to focus and better handle our emotions by lowering our heart rate, allowing our muscles to relax, and calming the mind and body.
Grounding your body and mind
Stress is a normal part of everyday life, and we can all can learn strategies to help us manage stress (including kids). Teaching healthy coping skills, like grounding, can help children manage their emotions and build resilience, so they can handle life’s ups and downs.
Grounding is a relaxation exercise that can be used at any time to focus on the present moment rather than our worries, which helps calm our bodies and minds. Grounding strategies can improve concentration, decrease anxiety, and strengthen decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Progressive muscle relaxation
Children and teens can feel anxiety and stress, just like adults do. The good news is they can learn coping strategies to calm their mind and body. Teaching coping skills, like progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), can help children manage their emotions and build resilience, so they can handle life’s ups and downs.
Stress can cause our muscles to be tense and tight. PMR is a strategy that can be used any time to help us relax by slowly and progressively tensing and relaxing our muscles, one group at a time.
Connecting with your kids
Connecting with your kids isn’t always easy, but it’s not impossible. Resilient children are better able to handle life’s ups and downs, and staying connected to your child is one of the many ways you can help.
It’s normal behavior for children to test limits, and setting limits can be one of the hardest parts of parenting. At the same time, setting—and sticking to—consistent limits and boundaries can help kids thrive and build resilience (the ability to handle life’s ups and downs).
Coping skill ideas for elementary school kids
Join the Strong4Life Challenge Team as they introduce and practice different coping skills. Healthy coping skills can be practiced anywhere to help us manage stress and sometimes even prevent it.
Coping skill for elementary school: taking deep breaths
Take a quick brain break with the Strong4Life Challenge Team. Deep breathing is a coping strategy that can be used any time to help reduce stress, help you focus, and recharge your body and mind.
Coping skills for middle and high schoolers
Join the Strong4Life Challenge Team as they introduce and practice different coping skills. Healthy coping skills, like walking, stretching and writing in your journal can be practiced anywhere to help us manage stress and sometimes even prevent it.
Deep breathing for middle & high schoolers
Take a quick brain break from school work with the Strong4Life Challenge Team.
Deep breathing is a coping strategy that can be used at any time to reduce stress and improve focus.