SOURCE: Kim Blackham
It’s normal for children to have some anxieties–the world is big, and many experiences are new and untested. Many kids are afraid of the dark, worried about shots at the doctor’s office, have a fear of being left alone, or feel anxious about an upcoming test.
But what do you do when your child’s anxieties seem to be taking over his or her entire sense of well-being?
Below are 6 suggestions to help you teach your children to manage the worries and concerns in their life.
1. Encourage them to view their worries and concerns as separate from themselves.
If children can separate themselves from their anxieties, it will be easier for them to understand and manage them. Help your child understand that worries and anxieties are normal–we all have them!–but that we get to decide which worries and concerns we are going to allow.
2. Explain that worries and concerns can have a very real impact on us physically as well as emotionally.
Ask them what happens to them physically when they are afraid. Where do they feel it? Sometimes people feel it as a sickening ball in their stomach. Other times people feel it as a tight knot in their chest, or as the sensation of being hot and sticky all over. See if your child can identify the physical response he or she has to different anxieties.
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