Recognizing childhood stress is so important. Here’s why.
“Advocate for the children in your community. Studies show that one of the most powerful buffering factors for kids experiencing toxic stress is having at least one supportive, caring adult in their lives. Who in your circles needs you to provide this role? Studies also show that a healthy foundation of sleep, nutrition, exercise, and coping strategies can also mitigate stress effects. Don’t forget to promote healthy lifestyle choices to your patients. Remember to model them yourself. Learn mindfulness. Practice yoga. Go outside. Take a deep breath.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘We must become the change we want to see in the world.’ Rather than chasing after our goals at the expense of well-being, let’s care for ourselves and each other. Let the healing begin now.
Have you experienced any ‘aha moments’ that have profoundly affected the way you practice medicine? What are some ways you support your patients in achieving overall well-being?”
Mary Illions Wilde is a pediatrician.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Even as a pediatrician, I didn’t realize stress started so young.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/even-as-a-pediatrician-i-didnt-realize-stress-started-so-young.html)