How can I help to reduce my child’s anxiety and stress?, Many parents ask. Anxiety symptoms are very common in children and adolescents. Actually, 40 million American adults, as well as 1 in 8 children, suffer from anxiety. Many kids miss school, social activities and a good night’s rest just from the worried thoughts in their head.So I present you 5 tips to deal with your anxious child;
1: Try to Stay Calm And Calm Your Child
Try not to lose your temper or discuss the matter with your child in a rational way, as it is really hard for your child to think clearly, use logic or even remember how to complete basic tasks when feeling anxious.Try something I call the FEEL method:
• Freeze: pause and take some deep breaths with your child.
• Empathize: Your child wants to know that you get the point as he is scary, so emphasize that you already got it.
• Evaluate: It’s time to present possible solutions once your child is calm.
• Let Go – Let go of your guilt; you are a wonderful parent helping his child to get rid of anxiety.
2: Allow Your Child To Worry
You totally know that your continued attempts to ask your child not to worry are not useful. Here is an activity that is called “Worry Time” that lasts 10 to 15 minutes. Decorate a worry box to write all the worries in with no rules. When the time is up, close the box and say good-bye to the worries along the day.
3: Encourage your child to face fears
According to the scientific fact, the body cannot remain anxious for a very long period of time, usually, the anxiety will reduce within 20-45 minutes, if your child faces those fears, the child will learn that the anxiety reduces naturally on its own over time. Thus, never avoid avoiding everything that causes anxiety for your child.
4: Help your child to solve problems
Listening to what your child want to say, then try to help your child to problem solve. This does not mean solving the problem for your child, however, helping to identify possible solutions. If your child can generate solutions, that is great. If not, generate some potential solutions for your child and ask your child to pick the solution that he or she thinks would work best.