Tips for Responding to Anxiety

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  • 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.