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6 Tips to Help Your Child With Anxiety

So, your child has anxiety. You never thought you’d be a parent with a child who has anxiety. As a parent, you’ve always wanted what’s best for them. You wanted to do anything and everything you could in order to protect them.

When you received the notice that your child had anxiety, it broke you. After spending a few days wondering where you went wrong, you finally decided to change your perspective on it.

Anxiety is a completely normal human emotion. Everyone experiences it from time to time. Whether you struggle with anxiety on a regular basis or not, you’ve experienced it at least once in your lifetime.

Now that you know anxiety affects your child, you want to do anything and everything you can to help them better manage and hopefully overcome it. Here are 6 tips to help your child with anxiety.

1. Work with Your Child and Their Anxiety

First things first, ignoring the fact that your child has anxiety won’t make it any better. On the other hand, you may want to try to take away your child’s anxiety from them. But this won’t work either. The best thing you can do for your child and their anxiety is to help them work through their anxiety together. You may not be able to take it away from them completely, but working with your child on their anxiety and ways to deal with it will help them learn to better manage and eventually overcome it.

2. Face Their Fears

As a parent, you may feel like keeping them safe and secure in the comfort of your own home so they’re less anxious is the way to go. Try not to do this. This can actually cause their anxiety to get even worse. If you don’t allow them to engage with some of their stressors in life, their anxiety will never get better.

3. Talk About Your Feelings

There are ways that you can check in with your child that won’t make them feel anxious. For example, try asking them how their day went or if they’re looking forward to a project or presentation. Avoid directly asking them if they’re anxious about something, as this can cause their anxiety to increase.

photo of a mom and her daughter sitting together on top of a desk in front of a mirror4. Be a Role Model

You’ve probably dealt with your own version of anxiety and stress. It’s okay and even encouraged to let your child know that (in an age-appropriate way, of course)! Your child picks up on your actions and behaviors. Let them learn healthy coping mechanisms from you.

5. Show Them You’re Proud

Sometimes children just need a little validation. Let your child know you’re proud of them and appreciate and love them. Even this small act can be enough motivation that your child needs to get through some tough times they may be facing.

6. Seek Additional Support

If you’ve tried to help your child with their anxiety, but you haven’t noticed much of a change in their thoughts or behaviors, it may be time to reach out for additional support. It’s important to know that your child having anxiety or having to reach out to a licensed and trained mental health professional doesn’t mean anything about you as a parent or your parenting style. Some children are just more likely to get anxiety compared to others. Your willingness and ability to reach out to a therapist for additional support prove how great of a parent you are and how much you love your child.

A therapist can help your child get to the root cause of their anxiety, as well as help them find better ways to manage and cope with the signs and symptoms they may be experiencing. Don’t hesitate to get your child the help they need and deserve. Reach out to us today to set up a consultation for counselling for children.

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