Like adults, children sometimes get tired and anxious, but if the anxiety affects the health of their child, they may need some help to overcome their lives, and the first step to help them is to understand what can cause anxiety, what can occur after anxiety, and how to deal with it.
Anxiety in children is due to horrific and scary thoughts
Children will be anxious about different things at a young age, and many anxious situations are part of the child’s growth process. For children between 8 months and 3 years old, they stick to their parents, so they may cry if they are separated from their parents, but at about 2 to 3 years old, the situation will slowly ease. Preschool children may also be afraid of things such as animals, worms, thunder, high, water, or dark, but these fears will disappear as the child grows. Many children will feel very stressful before attending school, exam, and changing environment, especially inward shy children, need more encouragement and support from parents.
Characterization of the child’s state of anxiety
Children will not tell adults every time they are anxious, so parents should pay attention to the following:
- It can be seen that the child is irritable, sad, or wants to stick to the parent.
- There are problems with sleep, such as staying awake or not sleeping at night.
- Bedwetting or nightmares.
Older children may also:
- Try new things without the confidence, or simply can’t complete basic daily tasks.
- Difficulty in concetrating.
- It becomes difficult to sleep or eat.
- Loss of appetite.
- Easily angered
- Mind is full of negative thoughts, or the constant belief that bad things will happen.
- Start avoiding the necessary daily activities, such as meeting friends, walking outdoors, or going to school.
A way to help children get out of anxiety
First, the most important thing is to talk to the child about what is making him anxious and troubled, and to ensure that he is safe under your protection, as well as to let him know what you feel. If your child is big enough, you can try to explain to him what anxiety is and how it affects the body. Other ways to help children handle anxiety properly include:
- Teaching your child to know the signs of anxiety and to ask for help when needed.
- Children of any age will feel at ease with a fixed job, so please help them maintain a fixed routine.
- If your child is anxious because of separation or loss of something, find a book or movie to refresh their emotions.
- If there are some changes in the home, such as moving, please tell your child exactly why they are moving and what changes may happen next.
- Do not overprotect the child, so instead of getting him into anxiety, you should teach him how to face and overcome anxiety.
- Practice relaxing methods with your child, such as slow, deep breathing together.
- Distraction is a useful way for younger children, and if he is anxious to go to school, let him play toys on the way to school to distract him.
- Let the child write things that ordered him to feel anxious and put them in a box, and then they can read them every day before going to bed, or once a week, and discuss the things that caused him anxiety.