Do you find your child in the grip of anxiety most of the time? Does she become numb with fear of an approaching situation and worries too much even for trivial reasons?
A little bit of anxiety is not bad at all. We all feel those butterflies in the stomach at times. In fact, it is natural and perhaps even important for normal functioning. After all, situations of pressure do help in bringing out the best in us. But that can only happen when we learn to turn our anxiety into our strength. It is only when we are unable to control our anxiety that things begin to get out of control and it becomes a cause for concern. Extreme anxiety in your child can be detrimental and can impede her normal functioning, making her feel numb. This can be very bad for the psychological, emotional and physical health of your child. In extreme cases, anxiety can manifest as physical ailments like chest pain, headache or nausea.
Do you notice any of these symptoms in your child? If yes, then perhaps it’s time to analyse the situation.
The important thing to do is to try and find the root cause of the problem. What is it that is causing your child to be anxious? Could it be the memory of a negative experience from the past? For instance, if a timid child is scolded in front of a class or is ridiculed for a mistake, he might get anxious whenever he finds himself in a similar situation. Anxiety can also be caused by the fear of falling behind standards. The need in all of these cases is to train him to manage his anxiety and counsel him about the need to face all situations in life with boldness and courage, and not get intimidated easily. To deal with anxiety, you should train him to focus on action and not on results, and be prepared for whatever comes his way in life.
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