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08/14/2014
Stress and anxiety do not only come with adulthood, in fact some children suffer with genuine anxiety disorders, just as adults. Whether or not your child has a diagnosed anxiety disorder or you are simply noticing that he or she might be experiencing some extra stress and anxiety at this time, here are a few tips you can try at home. 

Stay Calm

When you find your child is experiencing stress or anxiety in a situation, you must lead by example, by staying calm. Children do look to their parents to know how they should react in a certain situation. If you are often tense, your child will sense and see that as well, and may begin to act in the same manner. 

Encourage Child to Face Fears

Your child will have legitimate fears in life, and without the encouragement to face them, and yes, possibly fail, they are likely to be stressed when new experiences come their way. 

Be Imperfect

Tell your child when you mess up. Let them know that it is OK to be imperfect, and that it is part of growing. Making mistakes and learning from the experience is part of what life is about. 

Schedule Relaxing Activities

Not only should you allow time for your child to relax, you can come up with activities that you know your child finds relaxing, and do them together. Painting a picture, reading a book, laying in a hammock, get creative, and get relaxed. 

Focus on Positives

Try to bring out the positives in every situation. If you are constantly filled with negativity your child will notice and follow suit. 

Encourage Health

Eating and sleeping well can do wonders to help a child who suffers from stress or anxiety. The same is true with adults. Eating a diet low in sugar and getting sufficient amounts of sleep are recommended to keep out the stress. 

Expression of Anxiety

When you see your child is becoming stressed or anxious, allow him or her to express it. If your child says “I am stressed” or “I am scared” be positive and ask them why, instead of denying their feelings. Talking it out is a great way to get your child to relax and realize they have nothing to fear. 

After having tried these tips at home, if you sense that your child has a more extensive problem with stress and anxiety, you may choose to seek medical assistance. If your child is having specific stress related to academics, talk to us at The Tutoring Center in Hillsborough, and see how we can help. Give us a call at (908) 829-4253 or send an email to hillsboroughnj@tutoringcenter.com, for more information.

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