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Summer is a time of transition. Children are transitioning from one grade to the next, changing schools, heading off to college, joining the military, and entering the workplace.

Transitions are a time for change and growth, but can also be a stressful time for children as well as adults. Below is a list of some warning signs that stress is becoming overwhelming:

  • Increase or decrease in appetite

  • Change in mood

  • Increase or decrease in sleep

  • Sleep-related anxiety that prevents normal rest

  • Irritability or increased sensitivity

  • Nightmares

  • Increase clinginess or insecurity

  • Grinding teeth

  • Change in energy level/exhaustion

  • Increase in worrisome thoughts

  • Irrational beliefs and thoughts

  • Physical changes-headaches, hypertension, mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation

  • Lack of concentration

  • Social and emotional withdrawal

  • Fear

  • Anger

  • Change in sex drive

  • Nervous tics (e.g. nail biting, muscle twitching)

  • Stomach aches/physical symptoms

Stress can be relieved and tools can be learned to combat stress and stress-related symptoms. Talking, learning and resolving stress can help lessen these symptoms and bring comfort during times of transition.