Sunday 25 September 2022

Doomed to Distress? Helping Our Children Dampen Down Anxiety


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As children grow up, we encounter so many obstacles in ensuring they become their best selves. Whether we’re trying to stop them from being picky eaters early on in the weaning process or help them stand up to bullies, the hardest thing for a child during the modern day is the overwhelming anxieties of everything, not just social media, but the pressures of modern life. What is the solution? It's about making sure that they know how to prevent anxiety from creeping up on them. Let’s show you some approaches that can help you be a better parent and help them be more in control of their emotions. 

Managing Their Perceptions

The most important thing to remember when it comes to anxiety is that it's not about trying to completely avoid it, because this is not possible. Children need to understand that anxiety is something that is present in every single one of us, but we all need to learn to manage it. Sometimes, anxieties in our children can stem from things beyond our control, such as other people, but can also stem from things that make them feel self-conscious about themselves. 

Image is such an important thing when we were younger, and as much as we'd like to teach our children not to feel self-conscious about their image, the fact is that if they are experiencing problems based on how they perceive themselves, we need to see what we can physically fix. For example, you may want to try and fix overbite problems without braces or think about how they dress. 

The fact is that children's anxiety stems from a far more superficial place, so, therefore, it doesn't make sense to try and help them with the more deep and meaningful stuff in the short term. 

Giving Them the Right Tools 

Anxiety is something that we all experience, and from our perspective as parents, we can try our best to teach the benefits of our years of experience, but the fact is that their problems are different from ours. Rather than forcing our experience onto them, we've got to make sure they have the right tools, not just to deal with the root of the problem, but also to manage the physical symptoms of anxiety. These could include the following:

  • Meditation. Meditation is something that may seem incredibly complex and something that maybe your child will try to rally against. But communicating it in terms of something like focusing on your breath or learning to be calm will be more beneficial. 

  • Breathing exercises. There's a wide variety of resources to help with breathing. From Wim Hof to yogic breathing, there is a lot out there. 

  • Reducing sugar. It's something that many teenagers will feel is just part and parcel of their social life, but consuming a lot of fast food or unhealthy stuff when out with their friends is going to have a negative impact on their overall health. 

Anxiety is an incredibly varied and deep-rooted issue. The best thing you can do is to give them a sense of perspective on who they are, based on their problems as well as give them the right tools.


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