(Written by Elle Yi and Jeremy Coutcher) Everyday events can result in some children and adults to experience anxiety. When anxious, our body enters a state called the “fight-or-flight response” that releases chemicals that prepare us to either deal or flee from the event. Immediate symptoms included a reduced ability to think clearly, sweating, tensing of muscles, etc. There are many things we can teach our children to do when they are experiencing anxiety.
1. Deep Breathing- Breathe in slowly and hold breath for 5-10 seconds.
2. Imagery- Think about some of your favorite places or a situation that’s calm to you. Some examples are being on the beach, relaxing at home with a friend, or playing with a pet.
3. Muscle and Mind Relaxation- Tense each muscle and the release the tension. You will notice the feeling of relief in your body.
These strategies can help you and your child deal with situations that may cause anxiety. Empowering your child will help them today and in the future! [Read more...]