Is It Anxiety? - Lost in Space
Welcome to our 'Is it Anxiety?' crash course! Today, we're going to explore the world of childhood anxiety and help parents decode those puzzling signs and behaviours. Get ready for a journey of understanding and empowerment!"
As parents, we often find ourselves wondering, 'Is it anxiety?' when our child experiences certain behaviours that seem out of the ordinary. Let's uncover the truth together!"
Anxiety is a normal part of life. We all experience it to some extent. But for some children, anxiety can become persistent, frequent, and out of proportion to the trigger.
So, how can we recognise anxiety? Look out for warning signs such as:
- excessive worry
- trouble sleeping
- physical symptoms like stomachaches or headaches
- and avoidance of certain situations."
It's important to understand the difference between worrying and anxiety. We all worry, but anxiety is persistent, frequent, and often out of proportion to the trigger."
Therapy is not about getting rid of anxiety. It's about teaching children how to cope with it and recognise when it's a false alarm. Therapy empowers children to embrace their fears instead of avoiding them."
Childhood anxiety can have a significant impact on day-to-day family life. Parents often unintentionally accommodate anxiety by making accommodations or workarounds to ease their child's discomfort."
Parents, it's important to remember that you are not to blame for your child's anxiety. However, you play a crucial role in being part of the solution. By understanding and supporting your child, you can help them navigate their anxious moments."
Therapy encourages children to embrace their fear triggers instead of avoiding them. By gradually facing their fears, children learn to distinguish between real danger and perceived threats."
Congratulations! You've completed our 'Is it Anxiety?' mini crash course. Remember, anxiety is common, and you are not alone. Together, we can empower our children to cope with anxiety and lead fulfilling lives."
If you found this helpful, share it with other curious parents. Remember to sign up for the '3 Essential Steps Masterclass' for a deeper dive into how to support your anxious child or teen or download the 'Anxiety Fact File'
HI THERE, I'M CLAIRE PEIRSON!
With a career working with young people spanning 20+ years, I'm privileged to have worked with hundreds of families in the Middle East and worldwide.
From teaching in primary schools, mindset coaching pro golfers to individual psychotherapy, I have focused my career on performance, dealing with intrusive thoughts and controlling anxious behaviour.
I now specialise in anxiety and OCD therapy for young people and coaching parents and schools how to support young people struggling with their worries.
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In this training, discover if anxiety treatment is right for your child or teenager and how you can support them at home using simple evidence-based steps
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