Childhood anxiety is one of the most important mental health challenges of our time. One in five children will experience clinical-level anxiety by the time they reach adolescence.
Anxiety tends to affect a young person’s body, thoughts, and feelings. They may also behave differently, including turning to certain coping behaviours to try to avoid or manage their anxiety.
Scroll down for tips on supporting children with anxiety.
When children are in the middle of a very anxious moment, they may feel frightened, agitated, or worried about having a panic attack. The important thing to do in the moment is to help them calm down and feel safe.
Here are some tips that can help your children deal with anxiety:
[A1] YogaBugs has some great breathing techniques available. Click Here to access videos such as finger breathing.
Ask them to think of a safe and relaxing place or person in their mind. Relaxation and visualisations are a great tool and can be accessed here.
Encourage them to do something that helps them to feel calmer. A yoga session is a great way to bring back focus. Click Here to access yoga sessions for 2-7 years, click here to access yoga sessions for 7+
Sit with them and offer calm physical reassurance. Holding hands or having a cuddle can be soothing.
Reassure them that the anxiety will pass and that they will be okay.