Children can feel anxious about different things at different ages. Many of these worries are a normal part of growing up. If a child is experiencing anxiety, there are things that parents can do to help.
Talk to your child about their anxiety or worries.
Reassure them and show them you understand how they feel.
Help them find solutions to reduce the amount of stress their anxiety is causing them.
Turn an empty tissue box into a “worry” box and get your children to write or draw their worries and post them into the box.
Distract them from overthinking their worries by taking them out or playing a board game with them.
Try not to be overprotective or anxious, because they see you as a role model.
Children usually find routines reassuring, so try to stick to a regular daily routine.
If your children’s anxiety is affecting their school life, try to consult a doctor.
Encourage your children to manage their anxiety and ask for help whenever they need it.
Practice simple relaxation techniques with your child, such as taking a deep breath or counting to ten on their fingers.