All Stressed Out and Nowhere to Go

Kathy Leitch

Kathy Leitch presents common childhood stressors while examining the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of stress on children in today’s fast-paced world. Well-being plays a fundamental part of global citizen behaviour; we prioritize safety and self-care while cultivating happiness and optimism by being kind and generous to ourselves and others. Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can affect the developing architecture of the brain. Experiences and environment also determine whether neural circuits involved with motor skills, behavior control, memory and other functions form robustly or get pruned out. Leitch also shares valuable research-based strategies for renewal, for both teachers and students to escape the vicious stress cycle.