Recent research on mental health in children show that in every five children, at least one child will experience some type of anxiety by the time they get to the adolescence stage. If your child exhibits extreme fear about a specific thing or situation such as insects, dogs or going to the doctor, being away from you, being afraid of school or social gatherings, or even show worry about the future and bad things happening, then he or she may be suffering from anxiety. In as much as the feeling of anxiety in some kids does not last, for others it may last for quite a while especially if proper help is not provided to the child. Therefore, if your child is struggling with anxiety, you should do everything you can to ensure that he or she overcomes it and leads a normal healthy life. Highlighted below are a few pointers you should look at as a parent or caregiver to help your child escape the cycle of anxiety.
One step to helping your child overcome anxiety is to help the child relax first before trying to reason with him or her. Breathing exercises are highly recommended for a panicked child as they help his or her to relax, hence the need to encourage your child to take part in them as the first step towards helping them overcome their anxiety. By teaching your child how to deep-breathe, you will be able to help them self-soothe in case they find themselves in stressful situations.
The other tip to helping your child escape the cycle of anxiety is through positive affirmation. By taking a moment to celebrate your child’s strengths and having daily affirmation practice, you will be able to help your child develop positive thoughts, which will in turn go a long way in helping him or her overcome anxiety. While at it, you should also express positive but realistic expectations of your child. Instead of telling your child that his or her fears are unrealistic and that you know that they will not fail a test or that they will have fun doing something they are afraid of, you should express confidence that he or she is going to be fine and that he or she will be able to manage it. In so doing, you will boost the child’ confidence levels as he or she will have peace of mind knowing that you will not ask him or her to do something they cannot handle, which in turn reduces the level of anxiety over time.
The other effective way of helping your child overcome anxiety is to encourage them to face their fears and tolerate their anxiety. Appreciating your child for all the effort he or she has put in tolerating anxiety will encourage your child to engage in life and let the anxiety levels drop naturally.