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How to Help Your Children Overcome Their Anxiety


Do you have children who are anxious about something specific? It’s perfectly normal for kids to have some anxiety, but when that anxiety starts to affect other areas of their life, it’s important to help them overcome it. Here are some tips you can use to help your children overcome their anxiety.


Identify Their Fears

Before you can help your children overcome their anxiety, you need to be able to identify their fears. What are the anxious about? What are the reasons behind these anxieties? Once you’ve identified what’s making them afraid or anxious, you can start taking the appropriate steps to help them overcome these anxieties.

Take Small Steps

If your children are anxious about something, you don’t want to throw them into a situation that will cause panic. Instead of a full confrontation of their fears, take small steps to expose them to situations that cause them anxiety. As your children become comfortable with a small step, take another step, slowly helping them overcome their anxieties.

Teach Them Coping Strategies

You’ll also want to teach your children coping strategies they can use to overcome their anxieties. For example, if your children are anxious about speaking in from of large crowds or groups, you can teach them the old trick of imagining their audience in their underwear. If your children are older, you can teach them mental tricks to redirect their attention. You can even teach them to use yoga and breathing exercises to calm their minds and their fears.

Talk About It

Many times, when your kids are anxious about something, it can be so easy to avoid bringing up these anxieties so that your kids stay comfortable. This can be a problem, however, since avoiding their anxieties can cause your children to think that their fears are something to hide from instead of faced. To help your kids feel more comfortable with their anxieties, don’t be afraid to talk about it. The more you face these anxieties together, the more likely it’ll be that your children are able to overcome them.

Overcoming your anxieties isn’t easy, whether you’re an adult or a kid. If your children are anxious about something, simply be there for them, helping them through the process to overcome their fears.

What are some ways you help your children overcome their anxiety?


Annmarie John
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  1. It is definitely all about baby steps. You have some awesome tips here :)

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  2. Great tips-and I agree with the poster above, it's definitely all about baby steps!

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  3. It so true you never want to throw a child into a situation that causes them anxiety. With my son he takes thing in baby steps. Recently he finally worked up the nerve to try his first roller coaster. Now he loves them.

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  4. These are great tips. I think all kids have anxiety about something, and it's important to take the seriously and listen.

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  5. Walking them through them are ideal. Something that may seem small to an adult could be huge for a child. Supporting them as much as possible along the way.

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  6. I must admit I hated when my Parents would say 'Face your Fears" as a Child. It was extremely scary but it actually work.

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  7. Talking about things really does help. Sometimes when you hear what you are scared of and realize there are people around to help, it seems way less scary.

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  8. This is so important to talk about. My oldest daughter has social anxiety, and it really impacted her teen years. Talking and small steps are important.

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  9. I need some coping mechanisms for me. :) My kids do way better with anxiety than I ever did.

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  10. Most of the time my girls become anxious over school work because they have so much. We try to work on their time management skills to ease their anxiety.

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  11. These are all wonderful tips to help children deal with anxiety. Thank you for sharing these!

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  12. Great advice! Right now one of my daughters is dealing with anxiety about going to the dentist, and my other daughter suddenly became afraid of the dark.

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  13. I was such an anxious kid, and these are great tips. I hope I don't have to use them for my daughter, but they are helpful if I do!

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  14. Love the suggestion to teach them coping strategies!

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  15. Coping strategies would be important. My toddler is being a terrible two year old lately, and he can't handle it when both parents aren't in the room. He gets so anxious!

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  16. It is important to recognize that children do experience anxiety. We must help them deal with it.

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  17. Very good tips. So good to teach ways to cope.

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  18. I really enjoyed this as a reminder for teaching the little ones HOW to manage anxiety. And I agree completely - protecting your child from anxiety discussions or situations where they experience it is doing them a disservice. Great article - pinned and tweeted!

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