Stress is pervasive in today's world, especially in the lives of today's children and youth who face daunting social challenges. Without adequate coping skills, students might engage in risky behavior and make poor decisions that have negative consequences for themselves and others.
Now, for the first time, there's a resource for K-12 teachers that's devoted to helping kids manage stress. Health and Physical Education Professor Nanette Tummers has authored a new book on how to relieve stress, "Teaching Stress Management." The book presents the most current evidence-based research, with practical applications supplying teachers with 199 low- to no-cost activities that reinforce the curricular concepts. The book equips students to deal proactively with stress and helps teachers apply various aspects of the positive psychology movement, including optimism, social support, resiliency, right-brain engagement, mindfulness-based stress reduction, responsive classroom techniques, and emotional and social intelligence.
"Teaching students the skills of stress management can have a positive impact on schools' social climate--reducing conflict, bullying and violence," said Tummers. In addition, Teaching Stress Management helps teachers meet the National Health Education Standards with an overall focus on standard 7, in which students practice health-enhancing behaviors.