5 fun ways to de-stress your kids

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Many people don't realize that kids, even really young kids, experience stress, too.

Any time there is a transition or new routine, they can have the same response as adults. We're talking about insomnia, crankiness, illness, appetite problems, and much more.

Kristen Brown, founder of Happy Hour Effect, joined KARE 11 News @4 with 5 Kid-Friendly Stress Busters.

Here are Kristen's fun ways for kids to get their feelings out and de-stress:

1. Dance Party - shake 'em out with the jiggles (circulates stress chemicals out faster and releases endorphins which are feel-good chemicals).

2. Singing - stimulates the vagus nerve at the back of the throat which relaxes the body.

3. Drawing or writing - often kids can't tell you what they're feeling but are able to write it down or draw it out.

4. Breathing - never too young to teach kids to meditate - Kristen's daughter was two and to this day will stop herself when she is overwhelmed and consciously take deep breaths.

5. Laughing-that always de-stresses.

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