Tips for Responding to Anxiety
- Be aware of your own anxiety. Anxious kids need us to be calm, supportive and optimistic.
- Listen to children talk about their anxiety and gently question their negative thoughts. Negative thoughts help keep anxiety in place.
- Introduce changes at home slowly. Give children information about how the situation will change and what to expect.
- Remember that children may not snap out of their anxiety easily. Learning to manage anxiety is an ongoing process.
- Watch to see if the anxiety lasts for many months or interferes with a child’s daily life. If it does, ask your family doctor to refer you to a psychologist or children’s mental health service.