Solutions Families Use
Some of the solutions families use to help their children manage anxiety include:
1. Ask Your Primary Care Provider (PCP)
Check in with your pediatrician, especially if your child is frequently absent for illness or complains about physical problems like stomachaches or headaches.
Learn how to bring up a concern.
2. Find a Mental Health Professional
A mental health professional can help you to understand how anxiety is impacting your child. Some children also benefit from talking through worries with a mental health professional or from medication to make symptoms more manageable.
3. Listen, Validate and Normalize
Listen to your child’s feelings without interrupting. You can show empathy by letting your child know that a lot of people feel worries.
Learn why this is important.
4. Make A Plan
Work with your child to identify times when they are anxious and label them. Then help your child to come up with a plan for what they can do when they feel anxious.
Learn more about how teamwork and plans work.
5. Create Structure
6. Teach Coping Skills and Healthy Living
Coping skills, like breathing, yoga, and creative arts can help children to manage anxiety symptoms. Healthy living (sleep, diet, and exercise) can also help reduce anxiety symptoms.
7. Practice and Model Self-Care
8. Reflect on Your Own Anxious Thoughts
Research has shown that anxious parents are more likely to have anxious kids, which is why it’s important to consider your own patterns of anxiety. When caregivers get help to manage anxiety in their own lives, it can help children too.
To find a mental health provider who can help you, look at the “Caregiver Centered Care” section of our provider directory, or request an Ask Us 1:1 session with a Connecting for Kids Family Resource Specialist.
9. Keep School Communication Open
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