Anxiety in children
One of the most common issues chidlren face nowadays is the experience of anxiety symptoms. These crippling worries about a variety of different topics can greatly affect their daily lives.
Some of the most common anxiety provoking topics include fear of dying or a parent dying, fear associated with social situations, fear of failing at a task, fear of germs amd illness and the list goes om and on... Children who experience these intense worries on a daily basis are very likely to avoid many things that other children typically enjoy to reduce the likelihood of experiencing these anxiety symptoms listed below.
Each child can experience anxiety in a completely different ways and symptoms may vary depending on the kind of anxiety as well. Children can experience generalized anxiety, panic disorder, separation anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder or posttraumatic disorder.
Here are some of the symptoms children may experience if they suffer from generalized anxiety:
Moms beware of the following signs
- excessive worries on most days
- trouble concentrating
- sleep disturbances
- restlessness or fatigue
- physical symptoms (stomach ache, muscle tension, headaches)
Tips to help your children cope with anxiety
- Relaxing activities : yoga, arts, theater, cooking.
- Talk about the fear and encourage your child to face the fear instead of avoiding it.
- Meditation and breathing techniques to use when faced in an anxiety provoking situation.
- Focus on your child's strengths to help build self-confidence.
- Positive rewards when your child is able to face some of his fears.
- Encourage good eating and sleeping habits.
- Concentration and memory exercises to help hour child focus on other things and interrupt negative thoughts.
- Normalize the experience of anxiety and model a calm attitude when faced with anxiety provoking situations.
Try them out and don't hesitate to ask for more tips!