• Mighty Parenting Tackles: Coping Strategies for Stress | Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler | Episode 10

  • On today’s Mighty Parenting podcast, parenting experts and DASIUM co-founders, Judy Davis and Sandy Fowler take us into the world of how to use healthy coping strategies for stress relief. Managing stress and anxiety is an ever-growing challenge for teens and twenty-somethings in today’s world, and many of them either don’t have the skills or are using unhealthy coping strategies for stress relief.

    Judy and Sandy not only discuss the best coping strategies for stress, but they will help you discover what coping strategies are as well as shed light on what’s healthy and what can lead to trouble. Additionally, they will teach the three building blocks that parents of teens need in order to help their children be emotionally healthy and set them up for success.

    The conversation continues in Real Talk as the hosts dive into the world of grades and self-esteem. The University of Michigan released a study showing a correlation between lower grades and lower self-esteem. Our hosts will do a deep dive, share personal experiences as well as tips for bucking that trend.


    A Favorite Quote from the Show:

    Real Talk – “People who can solve problems, be successful, and be happy are not necessarily the ones who get the best grades.”

    High Points from the Coping Strategies For Stress Interview:

    Parents need to learn, model, and teach healthy coping strategies to our kids.

    A coping strategy is a conscious action you take to solve a problem or relieve stress, anxiety or an unpleasant emotion.

    An unhealthy coping strategy is one that adversely affects your health and/or doesn’t give true relief, just a momentary relief, or it creates more stress in-and-of-itself.

    Healthy coping strategies help you feel better and move forward with your life.

    3 Building Blocks for Healthy Coping Strategies
    1. Foundational Strategies – daily habits for taking care of your physical and emotional body
    2. Trigger Strategies – a technique to use in a moment where stress or anxiety flare up
    3. Crisis Strategies – get some outside help

    High Points From Real Talk:

    A University of Michigan study showed lower grades correlate to lower self-esteem in our kids.

    Parents’ focus on grades and their expectations around them will impact how their children feel about themselves and may create anxiety and stress.

    People who can solve problems, be successful and be happy are not necessarily the ones who get the best grades.

    Focus on who your child is rather than the grades they get.

    Things parents can do to raise their child’s self-esteem when their grades are not great:

    • Change your own thoughts and expectations around grades
    • Change your kid’s thoughts and expectations around grades
    • Take that thought out into the culture (When a teacher talks to you about their grades tell them “I want to understand their learning process.” “I want to understand their problem-solving skills.” “It’s not the grades I’m worried about. This is what I want for my child…and I want to make sure they have the skills to get it.”)

    More about your Mighty Parenting Podcast hosts:

    Judy Davis, aka The Direction Diva, is a sought after motivational speaker, entrepreneur, author and host of the Mighty Parenting Podcast. She is a small business and teen suicide prevention expert as well as an influencer in the military spouse community. Judy is passionate about providing programs and resources to families across the nation and is the CEO of DASIUM – a brand leading the way in depression, addiction and suicide prevention in teens and young adults.

    A recipient of the 2016 Dove Real Beauty Award, Judy has also been quoted, featured, and profiled in a variety of publications and interviews including Smart Money Magazine, Hiring America TV, The Jim Bohannan show, Dr. Laura Berman Show, and more. She is regularly featured as a parenting and military lifestyle expert/guest on radio shows and panels highlighting the challenges and issues facing families today.

    Sandy Fowler is a wife, mom, and business owner whose passion is teaching people to make powerful choices that impact their lives and businesses in the best way. At DASIUM, she guides parents and organizations in preventing depression, addiction, and suicide in teens and young adults. At Mighty Parenting, she helps parents learn skills that help them create an emotionally healthy family. And at Simple Strategies, she walks people through the process of identifying and quantifying their highest priorities then making them front and center in their life.

    She has been quoted on Lifetimemoms.com and SheKnows.com, featured in a cover story in the Detroit Free Press Twist Magazine, published in Mompreneur magazine and the Clarkston News. Sandy is a co-creator of The Keys to Getting What You Want: 4 Little Known Communication Secrets, and the creator of the Calendar Magic coaching program. She authored two books that use her principles to guide moms through the holiday season. You can connect with her at SandyFowler.com.

    • To learn more or connect with our guest, visit DASIUM.net

    Coping Strategies For Stress Relief

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