Anxiety is something that we all feel to some extent, but for some it can be more difficult to deal with than others. It’s a feeling we feel when stressed or are triggered. It’s especially difficult for children who aren’t very emotionally aware or know what they’re going through and how to deal with it. There are a range of events that can bring it on. Children can experience anxiety when meeting new people, doing something for the first time and just generally in their day to day. To help parents, a private school in London has shared the advice below on supporting children with their anxiety.
Have a Conversation About Their Anxiety
To manage their anxiety, first speak to your child. See what’s bothering them and whether you can help by addressing the cause of the problem. Just by speaking and getting things off their chest, they may start to feel better and less anxious.
Understanding How to Help
What we also recommend is that you take time to understand mindfulness and the options available to your child. Mindfulness is the act of being aware of your surroundings. It draws your attention back to the present moment using the five senses which help to alleviate stress and divert anxious thoughts. There are multiple ways of doing this and it’s worth mentioning that they do not work for everyone. However, it’s important that your child gives them a good chance and practises them regularly.
Like we expressed earlier, it’s important to be aware of the fact that mindfulness may not work in which case you will need to look at other help that’s available, like talking therapy (counselling), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and perhaps medication should your doctor think it’s necessary.
Mental health affects everyone differently, and day to day for an individual that may change. It can significantly limit a person’s day to day activities as they have little motivation to get up and struggle to shake how they feel. What’s important is that you’re compassionate towards that and hold back on judgement. Understanding will help your child to confide in you and allow you to be there to support them with what they’re going through.
Knowing the Signs
Also, pay close attention to your child’s behaviour when their anxiety gets particularly bad. It will tell you what to look out for and allow you to be there for them when they need you.
We hope that these suggestions helped. If your child is struggling with their anxiety, we highly recommend seeking the help of a professional, like your GP or a children’s counsellor.