Ways To Deal With Anxiety

ways to deal with anxietyMany children will experience some form of anxiety during their childhood. Some anxieties can be a part of larger problems and disorders, like OCD, and might require professional consideration.  Many anxieties, however, are as simple as the clichéd fear of the dark or of monsters under the bed. Others are more intense, like fears and phobias of animals or heights. Your child may just be going through an anxious phase that is natural for their age or they have a manageable anxiety that’s just persisted for a long time. Many of these anxieties can easily be confronted and managed, especially if you follow these helpful steps from Kids Health, Psychology Today, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

As always, breathing helps. When your kids become anxious, remind them to breathe consciously, using their diaphragms to take deep breaths. Taking control of one’s breathing is the first step in taking control of the situation. Deep diaphragmatic breaths will calm your kids down, especially when you encourage them to breathe as a form of meditation. When they get anxious have them close their eyes and focus on breathing in and out slowly with the diaphragm. Slow deep breathes are an integral part of meditation and relaxation activities that will help you children deal with anxiety. [Read more…]

Childhood Stress: Signs of Stress

childhood stressAs we briefly mentioned in a previous blog post, though children can often be stressed, they may be too young or inexperienced with stress to recognize what their emotional and behavioral reactions stem from. It’s up to you to be on the lookout for the signs of stress. However, this can be quite challenging. As we learned from the American Psychological Association and Scholastic, stress may manifest in a variety of ways in children, so keep your eyes open for the following symptoms.

Sleeping Problems

Stress can affect a child’s sleep schedule in a number of dramatic ways. Worried thoughts can keep your kids up late at night or cause restless sleeping, leading to sleep deprivation. On the other side, sleep can become a reprieve and an escape from stress, leading to oversleeping or sleeping too often. Sleeping too much or too little can both lead to feeling tired throughout the day and feeling low on energy. Stress can also lead to bad dreams and nightmares as the negative mental strain manifests as restless dreams which can lead to even more sleep deprivation. [Read more…]

School Stress & Benefits of Deep Breathing

School Stress & Deep BreathingThe advantage of diaphragmatic breathing is the ease of its implementation. You just have to remember to breathe with your diaphragm, breathing down into your stomach when you breathe in, and then breathe up into your chest when you breathe out. You’re already breathing throughout the day (at least I hope you are), you just have to remember to breathe in the way that reduces stress. When changing your breath is all it takes to reduce stress, diaphragmatic breathing becomes the easiest solution for helping your kids deal with school stress. [Read more…]