Both teen and children often don’t know about their anxiety and when they don’t understand, they end up thinking that there’s something wrong within them. There are some physical symptoms of anxiety like stomach aches and if they suffer from that due to anxiety, they might think something is wrong with their stomach. Teens can even think they’re weak, weird, out of control and there are times when they even go crazy. Such thoughts can make them feel self-conscious and anxious. Since anxiety arises from the unknown, you should first create self-awareness.
It is a myth that discussing with your children about anxiety will make them more anxious. Rather if you can provide sufficient detailed information on anxiety, this can eliminate the shame and confusion. Tell them that anxiety is nothing but a normal and common experience and it can be handled in an easy manner.
How to talk to your child about anxiety
#1: Encourage your children to talk to you about fears and worries
You can begin the conversation by describing that you recently observed few signs of anxiety and point out to him about the things that scared you when you were of his age. Ask him whether he faces such similar fears and worries. Ask him what worries him the most and when he shares it with you, reassure him by saying that you believe in him and feeling in that way is okay.
#2: Teach your child what anxiety is
Anxiety is absolutely normal. One can feel anxious when he is on a roller-coaster ride or even before a vital exam. It is not anything dangerous that can make you feel comfortable and it is not something that you should hide from people. Anxiety is also adaptive because the person who is suffering from it will always feel like defending himself and his heard will pump more blood as this is called anxious arousal.
#3: Help your kid in recognizing what anxiety is
In order to help your child recognize what anxiety is, you have to play the role of a detective. You can draw the sketch of the human body and ask him to identify where he feels anxious in his entire body. Tell him that he can either get butterflies in his stomach or a lump in his throat. Teens can be easily able to identify their own symptoms.
Therefore, now that you know your child suffers from anxiety, make sure you take the above mentioned steps to help him overcome the same.