If you think that your child is experiencing anxiety, help them recognise it. Awareness of anxiety will be the first step for them in managing it effectively. Ask them the following questions:
- Is there something specific that is causing the anxiety, or things in general?
- What are they feeling physically?
- What are their thoughts?
- How is it affecting them – is it making them behave in a particular way or preventing them from doing something?
By helping your anxious child and being aware of the triggers for their anxiety, they can learn to manage situations that might intensify it. It will also allow them to adopt strategies that they can use, like breathing or relaxation exercises, that they know can help them deal with their anxiety in the moment.
Anxiety affects different people in different ways, and if it goes on for an extended period of time or becomes difficult for you and your child to manage together, you should be prepared to seek professional help. There are many effective ways that anxiety can be treated by a professional, and it’s best to set up an appointment with your GP who can explain your options and refer you to a psychologist.