There’s a quick test you can take to find out your ACEs score. It will be a number between 1 and 10.
As a family, there are 5 ways to help reduce toxic stress and create a calm environment for your home.
Safe and nurturing environment. Knowing how to handle your stress levels is key. Also remember: happy families aren’t always happy–there are arguments and stressors in everyday life. The key is knowing how to handle them.
Sleep is important for everyone in the family, especially your kids. Getting a good night’s sleep every night is essential, especially for children who have faced hardships. Also, remember infants and young children need a lot more sleep than a teenager.
Mindfulness. Take care of yourself by taking a breather–literally. Yoga or calm breathing can do wonders for your stress level, helping you cope better. Think: calm = in control.
A simple 4 step-process is great:
- Take a breath
Exercise. Being active for at least 30 minutes a day is great for the whole family! Try finding a sport or outside activity that your child enjoys. Many affordable options are available through the community centers or schools.
Healthy diet. Children with high ACEs tend to overindulge on unhealthy foods. Try to enjoy meals together as a family, spending quality (screen-free) time together. Let your child(ren) help plan the meal plan and be sure to pack in plenty of foods that are all colors of the rainbow. Also try to limit pop and sugary foods.
Did you take the ACEs test? What changes can you make in your home to reduce toxic stressors?
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