A Non-Anxious Stocking Stuffer

“I hide my stress ball in my coat for school and squeeze it whenever I get nervous.  It really does help.”  

A freshman in high school showed me the ball she had, literally up her sleeve, last week in counseling.  I told her she was brilliant.  As you may know, anxiety is a childhood epidemic in America today and we are seeing evidence of this daily in the families walking through our doors.  Anxiety is at an all time high and coping skills are at an all time low.  Kids just don’t have them.  And so we celebrate any opportunity to help kids find their way to things that can help alleviate their stress.  Stress balls is one…and something that will fit right into their stocking.

So, if you have a child who has a tendency to get stressed, pick up a stressball at your nearest toy store or Target.  Or, you can even make them with a balloon and some flour.  They really do make a difference.  Try it out yourself in the meantime.  You might want Santa to make the same stop for you.  After all, you know what they say about the apple…☺ 

And just telling on myself, here’s a fun one I picked up just last week.  The holidays have that effect on us all!