How to Manage Anxiety
As parents, it’s a natural instinct to safeguard children from school and life’s anxious moments!
BUT… It’s important to keep in mind that as parents and educators, our role is not to eliminate anxiety completely, but to help children learn to manage it. Providing children with a tool kit to control and navigate their anxiety is an essential skill that will serve them for a lifetime.
Below are some simple ways to help your child manage their anxiety:
Go through a visual agenda of the day with children
Relaxation kit. This could include: toys, color pens, and books, balls, music… or anything else!
Create a worry journal and worry box
Muscle relaxation exercises
Talk about what is making them anxious
Whilst the self-concepts confidence and self-esteem get thrown around so much in adulthood and teenage years, building on these self-concepts in childhood is absolutely pivotal in managing and coping better with anxiety in children. Healthy levels of self-esteem and confidence play a major role in managing anxiety for children. Building on these concepts allows children to think positively about themselves and their efforts, allowing them to feel ready to face everyday school and life stresses.
At Lil’ Eggheads, we use several tools throughout our sessions to build on these concepts, including:
Positive self goals
Praising them when they do something correctly
Setting rules and being consistent
Encouraging their thoughts and ideas
Promoting creativity and learning
As parents, after being able to recognize signs of anxiety in children, the next step is to ensure we are providing them with the resources and skills to learn to manage their anxiety. Just like learning new concepts at school, helping your child manage their anxiety is a continuous work in process… it takes practice, persistence and time!