9 Simple Tips to Help Your Child with Anxiety
When you notice that your child is getting anxious or agitated, there are simple soothing tools that you can teach them to calm down.
Research shows that parents who are proactive and learn strategies from professional therapists can help treat their child’s anxiety. For instance, a 2020 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has revealed that parents who seek professional help and learn strategies to support their children are as effective as individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders.
How to Help Your Child with Anxiety?
Here are our top nine pointers that can help children cope with anxiety in a safe and healthy way.
1. Breathing Slowly & Deeply Together Can Teach Them to Relax
Deep breathing is one of the best and simplest stress-relieving tools that you can teach your children. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply for a count of three with your child to teach them the skill. Once they have learned the skill of equal count breathing, you can even ask them to breathe for a count of five to help them exhale out the tension from their body.
2. Offer Them Physical Reassurance
Research shows that touch is one of the main points of communication between parents and children. Make sure that you give them physical affection such as reassuring hugs and cuddles.
3. Teach Them Grounding Techniques
A simple 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique involves teaching children to name 5 things they can see, 4 things they can touch, 3 things they can hear, 2 things they can smell, and 1 thing they can taste. This helps distract them from the problem and gently guides them to the present moment.
4. Encourage a Calming Activity
This could be painting, reading, playing with their favorite toys, or outdoor activity. Woo-hoo UAE offers interesting group workshops like Yoga, cooking workshops, and story-time that can help children discover their innate talents.
5. Ask Them to Think of a Safe Place or Favorite Person
A child can relax instantaneously if they associate security with their favorite person such as a grandparent, their best friend, or even a much-loved soft toy. A safe haven could also work wonders – tell them to think about their comfortable bed or even a holiday place they loved.
6. Talk to Them About Anxiety Triggers
Many a time, the child may not know what triggers their anxiety. Talking with them about their day can get them to open up about changes in school, their schoolwork, or even something at home.
7. Teach Them About How to Let Go of What They Can’t Control
Reassure them about things that are not in their control – for instance, if a child is worried about the pandemic, you can have a talk about the dos and don’ts of sanitizing, which is in our control.
8. Words of Encouragement are Key
Let the child know how much you appreciate them working through their anxiety. Respect the child’s fears while encouraging him/her to face them.
9. Seek Professional Help
It is advisable to seek professional help to learn strategies as a parent to help your child overcome anxiety issues. Illuminations offers Counselling & Therapy for Children & Teenagers as well as the Foundation of Holistic Parenting by Arpita Mitra Gupta so that they can flourish and feel happy as well as confident. Resolving inner conflicts in the early years can help prevent future experiences that occur due to a lack of confidence and self-worth.
Arpita Mitra Gupta
Holistic Therapist & Corporate Wellness Facilitator
Arpita Mitra Gupta is a Holistic Therapist and Corporate Wellness Facilitator at Illuminations. In her private consultations, Arpita focuses on healing through Integrated Hypnotherapy, Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Family Constellations & Metaphor Therapy, empowering her clients to take full responsibility for their lives. You can also book a free consultation with Arpita by clicking here.