Does your child experience high levels of anxiety on a regular basis? If this is the case, do not think your child is alone because this is a fairly common problem for children. That being said, here are some helpful tips for helping your child with their anxiety levels.
Reassurance is Not Always The Answer
Many parents have some go-to phrases when their children are feeling anxious. Some of which include, “Everything is going to be okay” and “There is no need to worry.” Believe it or not, reassuring a child that their situation is fine and they have nothing to worry about is not necessarily going to help your child feel better. Although a child trusts you and wants to believe what you are saying is true, they can’t always control themselves to think logical manner.
Allow Them To Have “Stress Time”
A little stress in our lives is a good thing. Although it is not good for a young child to experience high levels of anxiety on a daily basis, it can be beneficial to let a child get it out of their system every so often. You could go as far as setting up a time each day where a child is allowed to stress and worry about the things that are bothering them. It is also a healthy exercise for a child to write out all their worries down on paper and keep these writings in a secure location.
Have Them Face Some Of Their Fears
Children experience anxiety for a variety of reasons. It is possible they struggle on a social level and have a hard time interacting with other children their age. The fear of not having friends has always been a common fear of children. Sometimes, a parent may need to step in and encourage the child to face the stressors in their life face-on. If your child is nervous about interacting with other children, it may be a good idea to try and arrange some playdates with some of the other parents.
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