Let’s Talk About Anxiety:
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something in particular.
People with anxiety always need to be reassured of the ‘known’ as the ‘unknown’ is a trigger point for them. Master the art of persuasion and know how to talk to people.
In life, everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. This includes both adults and children. For most people, feelings of anxiety come and go, only lasting a short time. Some moments of anxiety are more brief than others, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
Who Suffers From Anxiety?
- Children suffer from anxiety
- Adults suffer from anxiety
What Are The Symptoms Of Anxiety?
The typical symptoms of anxiety include:
- Rapid increase in heart rate
- Heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Difficulty on focusing
- Gas, constipation or diarrhoea
- Avoids tough topics
Did you know?
- 1/4 of us will experience anxiety in our lives.
- There are six different types of anxiety.
- Anxiety causes both physical and mental issues.
- Fatty food can impact negatively on anxiety.
- Exercise can decrease anxiety and improve brain productivity.
- Camomile, green and jasmine herbal teas are great for decreasing and calming anxiety.
The Different Types Of Anxiety:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Phobia.
- Panic Disorder.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
But it’s not just adults who experience this feeling of anxiety, our children experience it too but they have no idea what the feeling is or how to manage it.
Does Your Child Really Have Anxiety Or Are They Stressed: Know The Difference
Is your child struggling at school? Have they had a change in behaviour? Is it because they are stressed or because they have anxiety? Know the difference?
- Your child isn’t aware of the situation, why they feel that way and what is the cause of the feeling.
- They dread everyday situations.
- They experience panic attacks, have headaches, hot flushes and chills.
- They have phobias about events, activities or social situations that leads to panic.
- Your child still struggles to comprehend the emotion but can pinpoint the cause.
- Experiences headaches, sleeplessness, anger.
- Could end up with flu.
How Anxiety Can Turn Into Anger:
Some children really struggle with the idea of having to express emotions and as a result of this, children tend to ignore their feelings all together and sometimes, parents aren’t even aware it is happening.
As they face life’s challenges, so their anxiety increases. Performance anxiety, social discomfort, fears of safety can all start to add up pretty quickly and cause a great burden for our little ones to bare.
Things to look out for:
- Your child always complains that they aren’t feeling well.
- They refuse to participate in activities that they used to enjoy.
- They stop socialising.
- Your child has become a victim of bullying.
So Your Child Has Anxiety:
It is important to nip anxiety in the bud whilst children are still young as unhelpful fear-based beliefs can case issues such as: refusing to go to school, emotional outbursts when forced to separate from parents, difficulty in socialising, inability to focus on school work, interruption in sleep and increase in anger or irritability.
The ABC’s Of Anxiety:
A – Affect:
- What affect it is or will have on your child. What they will feel in their body.
B – Behaviour:
- How anxiety will have an affect on their behaviour.
C – Cognition:
- What goes through their mind – worrisome thoughts.
D – Dependance:
- Children and teens become to reliant on parents.
How You Can Help Your Child Ease Their Anxiety:
7 ways to respond to your child’s negative talk:
- Acknowledge the feeling and not the words.
- Use humour to help them see things differently. Humour will teach them not to take life so seriously.
- Use Words such as: ‘I am proud of you’, ‘great job buddy’.
- Talk openly about negative thoughts – make your child aware that these thoughts are okay and that we should find ways to deal with them rather than ignoring them.
- Practice a growth mindset.
- Discuss your “best” Failures – this will open your child’s eyes to the idea that no one is perfect and it is okay to make mistakes so long as we learn from them.
- Create a warm and affectionate home for your children.
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