Let Your Children be Free of Stress and Anxiety - Make Them Mentally Tough and Resilient
By Andrew Loh
More often, children could be the victims of extreme stress and anxiety
because of some unknown reasons. When they become extremely anxious and
stressful, even the most mentally focused and tough parents could become
negative and start to think in a serious manner. When children fall into
a vicious cycle of stress and anxiety, parents would take all necessary
actions to protect them from further breakout of stress and anxiety. In
fact, they will go all their way to find solutions to get rid of the
stress situations that actually caused children to become anxious. In
fact, stress and anxiety among children is a very common problem in
today's society that is full of cut throat competition and action.
Hence, parents may need to learn and master various techniques and
methods that help them to eradicate stress and anxiety from children.
Before learning those techniques, we may need to know what
anxiety is and how it affects is in the real world.
According to Web MD, the term anxiety could be defined as follows:
“Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times.
Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work,
before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety
disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it
interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.” (Find
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Anxiety is a sort of condition that each one of us has
experienced at least one or two times in life. It also mimics fear and
fright; it is a natural reaction to something that cause stressful
situation. It is a normal and necessary emotional sign that everyone
including children experience in life. One will need to be reactive to
certain fearful situations in life to avoid possible dangers. There
could be different states of fear like scare, fright, afraid,
nervousness, worry and panic that might lead the state of anxiety. Fear
is normal among us and it can be a positive trait for someone who wants
to escape the unknown territory of danger. For example, for a teen who
is asked to give a talk on the stage might feel nervousness and unknown
fear that eventually helps in overcoming the state of fear to prepare
for the best. In other words, anxiety provides us a chance to escape
danger and prepare for walking on an unknown territory.
Anxiety sources in children
Some children are anxiety-prone by their birth and they are easier prey for occasional
attacks of anxiety. Almost 20 percent of children are known to be
anxiety prone by their birth. As they age, anxiety effects become more
pronounced which is again a normal event in children's life. Most of the
anxious moments may arise because of fear and scare arising out of
having bad dreams of fictitious monsters, dark objects and other scary
moments. Anxious moments may also arise because of classroom tests,
exams, competitions and other similar events.
In effect and combination,
all these anxious moments accumulate and lead to a feeling of social
rejection, inferior academic and classroom performance as well as mental
health. Anxiety may also occur because of changes, transitions and
behavioral modification that tend to occur from time to time as the
children grow over time, both mentally and physically. Sibling rivalry,
separation from parents, failure in tests, parental separation,
instances of death of close ones and rejection by peer groups are some
of the most common causes of anxiety.
Identifying anxiety and stress in children
Children who display anxiety syndrome may exhibit one or many of the following signs:
Extreme negative thinking, criticize self, rigid behavior, pessimistic
outlook, inflexible and similar other signs.
Extreme anger, restless, irritating, fits of tantrum, defying behavior.
Unnecessary thoughts about those things that never occurs or that
happened in the past.
Constant crying and bouts of sobbing.
False physical complaints and refusing to go to school because of them.
Intentionally avoiding certain situations and refusing to do tasks.
Trying to be perfect.
Putting off doing things and tasks.
Do not sleep properly.
Separation and death worries.
Lapse in memory.
Poor focus and concentration.
Not participating in events and activities.
Anxiety could be potential killer of child's creativity and abilities. Parents may need
to tackle this negativity by acting on it in a timely manner. Anxious
children could have negative effects on the parents as well as other
members of the family. Treating children for excessive anxiety could be
a big challenge too. You can read more about
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