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Supporting Your Anxious Child

Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. However, for some children, anxiety can be overwhelming and interfere with their daily lives. If your child is struggling with anxiety, there are things you can do to help.

**1. ** Understand anxiety. The first step to helping your child is to understand what anxiety is and how it affects children. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. It can be mild or severe, and it can cause physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, or stomachaches. Anxiety can also lead to behavioral problems such as avoidance, social withdrawal, or tantrums.

**2. ** Identify the triggers. Once you understand what anxiety is, you can start to identify the things that trigger your child's anxiety. Common triggers include:

  • School

  • Social situations

  • Public speaking

  • Test-taking

  • New experiences

  • Change

  • Separation from parents

**3. ** Help your child cope with anxiety. There are a number of things you can do to help your child cope with anxiety. These include:

  • Talk to your child about their anxiety. Let your child know that it's okay to feel anxious, and that you're there to help.

  • Help your child identify their triggers. Once you know what triggers your child's anxiety, you can start to help them avoid or cope with those triggers.

  • Teach your child relaxation techniques. There are a number of relaxation techniques that can help children cope with anxiety, such as deep breathing, visualization, and meditation.

  • Encourage your child to exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve mood.

**4. ** Be patient and supportive. It's important to be patient and supportive with your child. Anxiety can be a difficult thing to deal with, and your child will need your help to overcome it.

Remember, you're not alone. There are many resources available to help you and your child cope with anxiety. With your support, your child can learn to manage their anxiety and live a happy and healthy life.

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Sam Newman
Sam Newman
May 22, 2023

Thank you Radha , I still have much to learn about anxiety and as a parent of children who have anxiety , i found this blog really helpful .


It is a good and timely reminder for us parents❤️ . Thank you for writing this👍.

Just to add from our own anxious experiences, sometimes for the ND folks, the usual relaxation technics like 'concentrating on breathing,' etc don't work or increase anxiety. For some ND people grounding technics or tuning out of the situation may help.

It used to confuse me why most of the relaxation technics made me so anxious until I found out that maybe the inner sensory input is overwhelming to my system😂.

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We learn by our own experiences and others who are kind enough to share and educate others. for example Concentrating on breathing makes me wheezy, visualisation makes me feel claustrophobic (i see only deep black) until I found out I am not alone and there are more people like me and all of us are ND folks. That took me a rabbit hole, but learnt so much.

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