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How to Help an Anxious Child | Child Anxiety



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I'm here to talk about how to help your

anxious child the first thing to realize

is some anxiety is normal it's not a

feeling we ever can get rid of because

it's useful it keeps us safe it tells us

when there's danger sometimes and do

things to take care of ourselves

but when you have a child who's anxious

you want to think about what is making

them anxious and see how you can help

them one thing is don't ever dismiss or

minimize their anxiety because it's a

real feeling to them of course you want

to think about if it's out of proportion

to what the situation is and then help

them rein it in feel more in control

feel calmer feel safer there's a few

things that go into feeling anxious it's

often about feeling physically anxious

and that's your heart may be beating

fast you may be breathing really fast

your palms may be sweating you may feel

just tense and nervous but you also may

be thinking your head that there's

danger something awful is going to

happen you're feeling threatened you're

thinking about some awful thing that's

looming somewhere and then what happens

is you sometimes they're doing things

that are trying to take care of that

anxious feeling you may be avoiding

situations you may be running away you

may actually be clinging all of those

behaviors tell you that a child is

feeling anxious so one thing you might

want to do is figure out what might be

some good strategies for your child once

you've established that they're really

worried about something you may talk to

them about what's on their mind and

maybe problem-solve and work through

what some of those things are and help

them literally just stop thinking about

it

by distracting them with something else

so it takes their mind off of it and

puts their mind somewhere else if it's

their body that's showing you and

telling them that something is dangerous

or they're feeling anxious you may do

things to help them calm their body yoga

breathing even physical activity will

make their body feel different and

minimize or maybe take care of or get

rid of that anxious feeling and then

there's the behaviors that they may be

showing you that's communicating the

anxiety so maybe they're avoiding places

they don't want to go to a party because

they're afraid that they'll be

embarrassed or they're you know little

nervous in terms of being a little shy

then maybe what you need to do is

practice with them role play some really

good behaviors to take care of that in

terms of making them feel more confident

so basically when you're talking about

an anxious child and how to help them

first of all accept it acknowledge it

and let them know you understand it then

try to help them with maybe their

thoughts their feelings and behaviors

and if you feel like their anxieties

interfering with their sleeping with

their schoolwork with their getting

along with their friends or even at home

and then seek out a professional who can

help you learn some really good

strategies and possibly even help you

and your child with the cognitive

behavior therapy techniques that really

are lifelong skills so that anxiety if

it crops up a child can feel they have

skills to manage

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