Way of helping a child with anxiety
Every parent hates it when their child is being a little monster…But things get a lot worse when your little monster has a little monster.
It isn’t a secret. When children are healthy and happy, they can be little monsters that cause you a lot of trouble as a parent. However, when a child is being bothered by their own little monster, which in this case is anxiety, you as a parent will inevitably end up having to deal with two little monsters. This is usually when most parents realize that they actually love and appreciate having only one happy and healthy little monster after all!
What you need to know about anxiety in children
The important thing to know about anxiety is that all children and young people experience anxious moments at times. It is a normal part of their development as they grow up and develop their ‘survival skills’ which will help them face challenges in the wider world. Everybody has different levels of stress that they can cope with. Some people are naturally more anxious while others are not. Some are naturally quicker to get stressed or worried while others are not.
Many children have fears and worries as they grow up. They also tend to feel sad and hopeless from time to time. Children will have strong fears that may appear at different points of their development. However, even though having fears and worries is quite normal in children, persistent or extreme forms of fear and sadness could be due to anxiety. Where anxiety is the cause of fear or worrying, it is necessary for parents to help their children deal with it.
So how do you help a child with anxiety?
Well, a major challenge for most parents whose children have anxiety is that they may not realize that their child has anxiety. They might not even realize that their child has been experiencing anxiety for a while. So it is necessary to first know how anxiety affects children and how to tell that a child has anxiety. Only then can you be able to properly help the child.
How does Anxiety affect children?
Anxiety causes various kinds of unusual behavior in children. For instance a child might cling onto parents to avoid being separated from them. A child might also miss school and cry a lot. They may also get scared or upset a lot. In addition, they may also refuse to talk or to do certain things. Furthermore, kids and teens with anxiety will also feel symptoms that others can’t see. The anxiety can make them feel afraid, worried, or nervous even though they appear under control. Anxiety can affect their bodies too. A child might feel shaky, jittery, or short of breath. They may also experience “butterflies” in their stomach, a hot face, clammy hands, dry mouth, or a racing heart.