It is understood that as a parent, you want the best for your children. Parents want their kids to be happy, healthy, well-rounded, and educated. Sometimes a parent notices stress anxiety in their children. Sometimes we notice changes in our children s behavior, but don’t know what is causing it. We (as parents) need to know the symptoms of anxiety in children.
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We can tell when our children are excited about an up-coming event or a special day of the year like a birthday or a holiday. This is very easy to see and I admit, that it brings a smile to my face to see the child expressing so much excitement and happiness.
When a child is sad or not very happy about something coming up, like going to school or seeing a friend, we don’t always know what the problem is and many times we are left confused and concerned about how to help our children.
In this post we are going to learn how to notice symptoms of anxiety in children and learn some ways to relieve stress anxiety in children. There are many fun and entertaining ways to help your child and in return, the methods can help too.
Types of Anxiety That Affect Children
There are many types of stress and anxiety that can affect your child. Children get stressed just like adults do, but they are not educated enough to know how to deal with it. Children often act up, throw fits, refuse to talk, and express their anxiety stress in other fashions that can push the limits of most adults.
First off, always seek out a professionals help when diagnosing your child with an anxiety disorder. We can learn the signs about what to look out for, but do not try to diagnose your child yourself. Still, it is OK to try do what you can to help your child relieve the stress they are experiencing.
General anxiety occurs when your child is worried about bad things happening or being worried about the future. They could be worried about a school performance, family activities, or any other normal daily task.
Signs that your child may be experiencing this type of anxiety include: fatigue, muscle tension, nightmares, and trouble concentrating.
Separation anxiety is probably the most well-know child anxiety. It occurs when a child is separated from his or her parents. This is normal for children between the ages of 1 through 3 years. Older children my express this type of anxiety by being worried his or her parents may die or they may be separated from them through the law.
Signs that your child may be affect by this type of anxiety include: refusing to go to school, fright about being separated from his or her parents, clinging to parents, and they can have nightmares about being separated. They can even have physical symptoms like headache and upset stomach caused by anxiety.
Social anxiety falls into general anxiety because it is stress caused by engaging in social situations. They maybe worried about seeing friends or participating in school activities.
Signs that your child might be experiencing social anxiety include: clinging to adults, throwing fits, freezing up, and refusing to talk.
Phobias are fears or anxieties about certain objects or situations. Phobias can be a fear of anything, but the most common might be; going to the doctor or dentist, animals, insects, reptiles, loud sounds, needles, and even the outside. I am sure even parents can relate to some of these fears.
Signs that may show your child is having a phobia attack can include: uncontrollable crying, clinging to parents or older siblings, or even freezing up.
My Child Acts Different
Anxiety effects children in different ways. Many people think that anxiety is expressed as a fear or worry, but it can also make children act angry or get angered very easily. Many children bundle his or her anxiety up inside and some symptoms may even not be noticed.
If you, the parent, notices any change in your child’s behavior, then start talking to your child to see if he or she might open up to you. Maybe your child has a favorite aunt or uncle they may open up to. If you notice a change, try to find out why without intruding on your child. If nothing works, then seek out a professional.
Ways To Help Relieve Stress in Children
If your child is expressing major problems with anxiety, then once again, seek out help from a professional such as a healthcare provider or a mental health specialist. If your child is expressing minor forms of anxiety stress then there are a few easy ways to help relieve his or her stress and even find out what is causing it.
Children love to play games. Games are a great way for children to let loose from stress and have fun. Choose a game that you can play with your child that includes both of you participating, even if you are just watching. This allows you an opportunity to spend time with your child and maybe they will let his or her guard down enough for you to find out what is going on with your child.
One game that I enjoy playing with kids is called “Wild Ride to the Heart Game.” This game is designed to help children recognize, express, and balance his or her emotions. We always enjoy this game because it is filled fun, funny faces to make, and we get to tell stories about who we are and how we feel.
Listening to Music
Music is a great way to help children relieve stress. Dancing to music and singing funny songs helps children relax and let go of any strong emotions that they be holding in.
This maybe a harder way to reach older children, but it is an easy way to help younger children. One great MP3 that my grandchildren like to listen to is called,”Heart Songs for Children.” Our grandchildren love to sing and dance to these uplifting and inspiring songs. This MP3 is geared toward 3 to 6 year olds.
Going Out for Something Special
This is probably my favorite way to relieve childhood stress and spend time with our children and grand children. We pick a special place or activity to go do or visit and then set a date. The children (including the older ones) are always excited about getting together and doing something special together.
This idea was passed down to me by my grandparents. Every couple of weeks, we would get together as a family and go to some places fun like the movies, going out of town, visiting an amusement park, or whatever else my grandpa would think of.
Children suffer from anxiety maybe just as hard as parents do. If you have trouble handling stress in your life, then your children probably will have trouble too. The best thing to do is to learn how to notice the signs of anxiety in both you and your children and find fun ways to relieve the stress.
You can do it and in return, you will be helping your children learn how to deal with stress early on so they will be better prepared for stress in the future.
Please leave a comment below with any stories or tips about how you help your children deal with stress. Thank you in advance. I normally respond within 24 hours. I look forward to hearing from you.
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