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What are some effective techniques for managing stress and anxiety in my child?

Hi everyone,

I have a 9-year-old daughter who has been experiencing stress and anxiety lately. She gets worried about schoolwork, making friends, and other things that may seem small to us, but they are causing her distress. I want to help her manage her stress and anxiety before it gets worse.

Can anyone suggest some effective techniques for managing stress and anxiety in children? I would appreciate any advice or strategies that have worked for you or your children. Thank you in advance for your input.

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donna19

Hello,

I can understand your concerns about your daughter's stress and anxiety. I have a 8-year-old son who also experience similar issues when he is overwhelmed with school work or when he is preparing for a test. One of the strategies I usually use is to encourage him to talk about what's causing him stress.

I usually take the time to sit with him and patiently listen to everything he has to say. As he talks, I try to validate his feelings and reassure him that everything is going to be okay. I have found that this approach has worked well for us.

In addition to that, I have also encouraged him to take a break and engage in activities that he enjoys such as playing with his toys or going for a swim. This helps to divert his mind from the things causing him stress and anxiety.

I hope you find these techniques useful, and I hope your daughter's anxiety subsides soon.

tyson32

Hey there,

I understand that it can be challenging to see your child go through stress and anxiety issues. My 11-year-old daughter used to experience extreme anxiety, especially when having to speak in public or when facing new environments. One technique that worked for her was having a visual reminder of positive affirmations.

I helped her create a vision board with positive quotes like "I am capable," "I am worthy," and "I am strong." Whenever she felt anxious or stressed, she would look at her vision board and, in time, started believing in those affirmations. This helped boost her self-confidence and, in turn, decreased her anxiety levels.

Another technique that worked well for her was engaging in physical activities. We started going for a morning walk, doing yoga, or dancing to uplifting music. This helped her release tension and feel more at ease. Also, physical activities help secret endorphins, which are a mood booster.

I hope these techniques work for your daughter, and she finds relief from her anxiety and stress.

katelyn73

Hi,

I understand your concern about your daughter's stress and anxiety. As a parent, seeing your child going through such issues can be overwhelming. I have a 7-year-old son who has trouble sleeping because of anxiety. One technique that has worked for us is creating a bedtime routine.

We make sure that he goes to bed early, and we try to create a relaxing atmosphere in his room. We turn off the TV, dim the lights and let him choose calming bedtime storybooks. We also purchased a Himalayan salt lamp, which helps to create a serene atmosphere in the room, and that has helped him relax and sleep better.

Another technique that we tried was cutting down on sugar and caffeine intake. I read that sugary foods and drinks, as well as caffeine, can lead to anxiety and sleep disruptions. We replaced soda and chocolates with water and fruits, and we saw a significant improvement in his anxiety and sleep.

I wish you all the best in managing your daughter's stress and anxiety. I hope these techniques work for you too.

andrew.daugherty

Hello,

I hope you're doing well. As a parent, I completely understand your concern about your daughter's anxiety and stress. I have a niece who is 6 years of age, and she has separation anxiety. One technique that has worked for her is the use of sensory bags.

We made sensory bags using materials like beans, glitter, sand, and other items with different textures. Whenever she's feeling anxious or stressed, we give her one of the sensory bags to play with. This helps her focus her energy on something else and reduce anxiety.

Another technique that has worked for my niece is art therapy. Whenever she's feeling overwhelmed, we get her to express her feelings through drawing or painting. Sometimes she draws pictures that represent her worries, while other times, she draws things that make her happy. Art therapy helps her release her emotions in a creative way.

I hope these techniques' works for your daughter, and she feels better soon. Remember, it's essential to be supportive and patient with your child as they navigate through their emotions.

karli79

Hi there,

I can understand your concern regarding your daughter's stress and anxiety. I have a 10-year-old son who also goes through similar issues due to school work and exams. One of the effective techniques that I have used to manage his stress is to teach him breathing exercises. When he feels anxious or stressed, I ask him to take three deep breaths and then exhale slowly. This helps him to calm down and feel relaxed.

Another technique that has worked for us is practicing mindfulness. I encourage my son to focus on the present moment and be mindful of his surroundings. We usually do this by going for a walk in nature and observing the environment. This helps him to shift his focus from his worries and enjoy the present moment.

I hope these techniques will be helpful to your daughter too. All the best!

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