Have you noticed your child is getting more anxious than usual? While it’s normal to feel anxious from time to time, it can be alarming if it becomes a part of your child’s day to day experience. As a parent, it’s important to help your children deal with anxiety because they might not know how to deal with it alone.
In this blog post, we are going to share different ways on how to help your child deal with anxiety:
Think happy thoughts
Teach your child that whenever negative thoughts would come to mind, replace it with positive thoughts. Let them remember happy memories until they will feel better. This is not a quick bandaid fix to a bigger problem. In fact, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones is a practice in cognitive behavioral therapy and can have long term positive effects on those who practice it.
Schedule some downtime for your child
Sometimes, your kids need to be just kids. Extracurricular and after-school activities may be fun, but it can still put a toll on your child especially if it becomes a competition. Make sure to make time for your kids to just have fun and enjoy.
Encourage them to get enough sleep
See to it that your child follows an evening routine that is done every night. This helps your child settle down from the activities done during the day to getting cozy and comfortable to sleep. Another way to help your child get enough rest is to give them natural, sleep enhancing tea, playing white noise, or essential oils. If your child is suffering from anxiety, getting them to bed early might not be enough. Tea, white noise or oils can help them relax enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Let your child know you are always there to listen
If your child expresses about feeling anxious and stressed out, don’t dismiss it. It is important that you acknowledge and validate your child’s feelings. Have a real discussion with your child, make sure to listen and let your child feel you are there for him. Do you feel better once you talk about something and get it off your chest? Children need that to! Giving your child that space can make a world of a difference.
Be an example to your child
Set an example with embracing challenges and problems by being calm and focusing on how to solve the problem rather than think about the worst case scenarios. Be mindful with how you react to stressful and problematic situations because your child is watching.
Encourage your child to write in a journal
It’s important for a child to have some kind of outlet to share his frustrations. While there may be instances when no one is available for your kid to talk to, a journal can be really helpful. Once your child writes his frustrations on a journal it will lighten the load and make him feel better. Not big on writing? That’s ok! Your child can also draw in their journal!
Do you have any tips to share? Write it in the comments below!