Helping Your Child Deal With Anxiety
By Virginia Laird
Anxiety can be a serious health issue. It is even more concerning as it applies to children. According to research, there are a plethora of reasons why children struggle with these emotions. No matter what the cause, it is imperative to find a solution. Experts indicate that when left unsettled, those who suffer with extreme anxiety can have serious mental health battles. A few things you can do to help your child reduce and manage feelings of anxiety include:
- Establish a bedtime
- Have some routine
- Encourage time outside
- Plan healthy meals
Establish a Bedtime
Helping your child get the sleep that is needed can be helpful to ease stress and anxiety. Most research suggests that children need anywhere from 8-12 hours of sleep each night (depending on the age). Having a bedtime and sticking to it is recommended to help ensure your children get the sleep they need to be physically and mentally rested. If this is something you have been skipping, consider giving it a try tonight.
Have Some Routine
While it is not necessary to plan your entire day, having some routine can help ease the mind of youngsters. Health and wellness experts suggest a routine that includes meal times, limited screen time, and a great deal of play time can be beneficial when trying to manage anxiety. If you are one who has never enforced a routine, it is recommended that you start slow, implementing only a couple of changes at a time, as change can also lead to some tension and anxiousness.
Encourage Time Outside
Another tip to help reduce and manage anxiety for your child includes spending time outside. In the world today, far too many children find themselves spending time inside on a wide array of devices. Research suggests that there are plenty of benefits to getting outdoors more often. This same research indicates that fresh air and sunshine, along with the exercise your child is bound to get while outdoors, is great for mental health and wellness. Start making time to get outside and play right away.
Plan Healthy Meals
The food you choose to feed your children can also help with anxiety. While you may think this sounds silly, there is research that says healthy eating can reduce anxiety. Health and wellness experts admit this has much to do with the chemicals of the body and how it reacts to sugar and other chemicals ingested while eating. Making sure you are providing a healthy meal can be a great start to managing stress and anxiety.
Now is the time to teach your child all that can be done to help manage emotions, as these will be the tools that can be used throughout life to ensure healthy living.
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