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5 Ways to Calm an Anxious Child

[fa icon="calendar"] May 27, 2020 4:49:41 PM / by Eblity

Have you ever felt worried, nervous or uneasy?

These are feelings of anxiety and are normal responses when we are faced with important life events or going through a difficult situation e.g. getting married or giving birth or going for a procedure. It can also happen to our children as well e.g. going for exams.

While we adults may be able to identify, express and calm our anxiety, our children may not be able to do that. So, how can we help our children when they are feeling anxious?

Firstly, we need to be able to identify what are the tell-tale signs that our child is experiencing feelings of anxiety.

Here are some tell-tale signs of anxiety in a child that you can look out for:

  • Starts to be clingy
  • Very prone to getting cranky or irritable
  • Gets awakened by bad dreams in the middle of the night
  • Feeling tensed up and often fidgety
  • Avoid daily activities, such as attending schools or socializing with friends

Secondly, how can we help our child to calm those feelings of anxiety? Here are five easy ways that you may try out to calm down an anxious child.

Look out for signs of anxiety in your child, so that you know when to soothe her.

1. Talk about the worry

Have a conversation with your child on his/her worries. Help your child to look at the problem he/she is facing in a new or different perspective. This will help the child to release built-up tension and also helps you to gain insight into the factors that are causing your child’s feeling of anxiety. By knowing the causes, you can in future help your child to anticipate feelings of anxiety and manage them.

2. Focusing on breathing

One of the most natural ways to calm anxiety is to practice deep breathing. Slow deep breathing can help to calm feelings of anxiety.

3. Hug it out

Hugging is one of the most effective ways to calm an anxious child. Hugging your child triggers the release of feel-good hormones in them which leads to lowering of the stress hormone levels and reduced feelings of anxiety.

Hugging your child triggers the release of oxytocin that reduces anxiety.

4. Music therapy

“Music soothes the soul”. Playing your child’s favorite music can provide tremendous relaxing effect on his/her mind and body. You can also play slow, quiet classical music. Studies have shown music can lower the pulse and heart rate and decrease the stress hormone levels.

5. Pet therapy

If you have a pet cat or dog, they can be very useful in helping your child relieve their feelings of anxiety. Aside from reducing anxiety, stress and depression, a pet also provides love and friendship. If you don’t have a pet, fret not. You can always bring your child to a dog or cat café to interact with the animals in a safe and calm environment.

The above are just some tips you can consider to calm your child’s feeling of anxiety. Do remember, however, that these tips are not targeted to eliminate anxiety. They are meant to help the child manage anxiety. If self-help is not effective, it is always a good idea to seek professional help.

By adopting the right approach to calm your child, he can lead a happier and healthier life.

Every child is special and talented. The same goes for children with special needs. With proper intervention and support, they can integrate well into society. To help them receive the required support in the long run, CaregiverAsia has launched the Extraordinary Care Program that ensures continued long-term therapy for children with integrated therapy service providers and medical escorting service with a trained caregiver, in the unfortunate event that their parents or guardians are no longer able to care for them. Do you know of a friend caring for a special needs child? Find out more about the Extraordinary Care Program below to understand how it can benefit them!

Read more about the Extraordinary Care Program

The article is written by Eblity, a collaborative platform that focuses on the education of children with special needs and slow learners. Visit www.eblity.com to find out more about the academic programs they offer.

Topics: Caring For Your Children


Written by Eblity

Eblity helps to craft and manage personalised plans for each student. Connect all the experts required to deliver student success.

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