How can I help my child if they are anxious?
Below are two strategies for reducing anxiety. These strategies come from Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health Cool Kids program.
1. Change worried thinking to more realistic thinking
To help your children think more realistically, consider asking them three questions:
- What are the facts?
- What is most likely to happen?
- Will I be able to cope?
2. Reducing avoidance
Avoiding situations makes us feel safer in the short term. The key is to gradually face the situations we are afraid of. Start with less scary situations and work up to scarier ones. Continuous practice helps people to learn that a situation is not so scary, and confidence grows. To do this well, you need to work out why children are avoiding a particular situation.
In the video below, Professor Viv Wuthrich from the Centre for Emotional Health and Department of Psychology at Macquarie University talks to parents and carers about strategies to reduce anxiety and help children and teens transition back to school.
Watch the video or download the tip sheet.
Content owner: Centre for Emotional Health Last updated: 14 May 2020 2:07pm