Helping children manage anxiety and worry
Most children (and adults) feel anxious at some point in their lives. In some cases, anxiety can be prolonged and can escalate to such an extent that it affects healthy, school work and general well being.
Feelings of anxiety may be a reaction to personal/family circumstances, school and peer pressures, media imposition or personal insecurity. These feelings can appear because of conflict with others, fear of rejection, bullying or having to complete tasks that they do not wish too.
Symptoms may include:
* Fast Breathing
* Difficulty Sleeping
* Bed wetting
* Feelings of hopelessness
* Feelings of being lost
* Emotional outbursts
* Nail Biting
* Feelings of not wishing to socialise/ go to school
Quick Start Problem Solver?
Anxiety and Worry can be expressed and channelled positively.
Here are 3 quick tips from the team at Relax Kids, to help your situation with immediate effect.
Communicate: Both you and your child need to talk with one another about your fear of their anxiety/ what their anxiety is. Let them know that you are there to help them and have your own anxieties.
Write: Suggest they create a positive thinking diary. This is a great tip for people of all ages ‚Äì including adults. Perhaps you are going through a slump and need to kick start your batteries? Suggest they write things down that make them feel good about themselves / things that have made them happy that day so they can re-read them whenever they feel low.
Plan: Sit down together and make an action plan that has a main target of reducing their anxiety. It could be that you will consciously change their routine to include a weekly fun night.
Try our Anxiety and Worry CD – as regular relaxation can help children manage their worries. https://relaxkids.com/product/anxiety-and-worry/