Anxiety and stress actually affect children. Perhaps that was not so common half a century away, but children of today are exposed to a lot of stressors that affect them the same way as adults.
Symptoms of child anxiety
Children suffering from anxiety are usually cranky, frightened, but they may also have physical manifestations of their fear, namely problems with digestion, stomach aches and headaches. In most cases, children suffering from anxiety have all the care they need but they are also exposed to many different media sources and video games that contain scenes of horror and violence that can severely frighten young children.
How to treat child anxiety
However, there are many great ways to overcome anxiety in children. Treatment should be appropriate for the child and parents can also use some great strategies to help their child overcome the fear and unease. Finding a good distraction whenever a child feels anxious, is one of the best way to help the child and distract them form the situation at hand. The best way to do so is to try some fun games.
This is one of the best games for anxious children. It is recommended to use it right before the bed time, when a child has troubles calming down and preparing for bed. Parents should obtain a CD or mp3 with the sounds of nature and play the sound of crushing waves. The nature sounds are relaxing music. The sound of steady, rhythmic waves provides a sensation of relaxation and calm, building up stress free atmosphere and reminding the child of a relaxing and calm vacation. Parents should start a conversation with child, talking about the fun at the beach and evoking memories from the holiday. When the child’s interest is captured, they can start pretending to be the waves, while lying on the bed. A child should be challenged to imagine he or she is a wave, starting from the middle of the ocean and slowly rolling until they are close to the shore, breaking against the rocks and sandy beaches.
Parents should do their best to explain to their children that feeling anger is not a bad thing. A bad thing is to act violently or angry because of they feel upset about something. Instead of acting out, children should be encouraged to draw a picture of their feelings and emotions. During this game, children will physically express their emotions and release the tension. In other words, child will let the anger go by throwing it away on paper, without even understanding what is going on during this process.