Site Navigation

Overpowering Effects Of Anxiety In Children

Share:

By: Taylor Fulcher

Overpowering Effects Of Anxiety In Children

Growing up, I knew someone that began to have social anxiety…

She always seemed worried about something, and she struggled to complete her work because her mind always seemed to be racing.

It was so obvious, that I was even able to recognize these signs as a kid!

Looking back… I wish I would have done more to help her.

But, I guess that’s what happens a lot in our society. We recognize signs or changes within people, but we don’t take action.

Why?

I think it has a lot to do with us not knowing what to say…

Not knowing how to act.

The truth is… just being there can make a massive impact on these folks’ lives!

So, what happened to the girl I mentioned? Well… she started to avoid school altogether because she just didn’t want to be there. 

Last I remember, she was removed from our class and placed in a school environment called homebound services.

This service offered her more one-on-one attention and instruction based on her specific needs.

Mental illness is real, and it affects millions of people.

Every year on October 10th, our nation observes National Mental Health Day.

As a parent and/or educator, it is crucial to look for signs of anxiety within your child. 

Anxiety is a struggle for many children and teens. In school, these amazing kids primarily deal with;

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Panic Disorders

As a parent or educator, it’s essential to look for signs often exhibited by children dealing with large amounts of stress.

Signs Of Anxiety In Children

Many children who experience anxiety begin to show visible changes. These may include;

Many kids suffering from anxiety will become more emotional. As a teacher, parent, or friend… you may begin to notice these children start to worry, panic and feel overwhelmed with everything.

Teenagers and children who experience anxiety may start to worry about being perfect and trying to strive for perfection.

In a lot of cases, anxiety leads to depression. Depression is another mental illness that children, teens, and adults often experience and could have a massive impact on their lives.

Expert Tips To Decrease Anxiety In Children

To help decrease anxiety and prevent depression, here are some tips I use in the classroom. Many of these tips can also be used at home by parents… 

Create a Safe Place for Children and Teens

Whether it’s at home in a specific room or an area within a classroom, teens and children must have a place where they can take a moment, breathe, and work through their emotions by themselves. 

Breathing Strategies

There are many websites that offer meditation and breathing techniques. Here are two sites I’ve both recommended, and used for breathing techniques;

These sites can also teach you how to make a genuinely calming environment within your classroom or home.

Openly Talk To Your Child/Student

Although it may be an awkward conversation, being open and chatting about their day may help your child feel better about what they are struggling with at school.

Guidance counselors are always a great resource at school for helping teenagers and children through the process of anxiety.

Reading Books About Anxiety

There are many books available that help teach children about anxiety.

Social stories can help children both identify anxiety and overcome the effects this feeling can have. The beautiful thing about social stories is that you can find one specific to your child’s age.

It’s crucial to reassure children that it is okay to get help if they are struggling with anxiety. 

Being Active

Being active can help!

Taking a break and going outside can often help to reduce stress and help children feel free again. 

Going outside to play often decreases stress, but also helps to promote a healthy lifestyle. 

Another tip I often incorporate in my classroom is dancing and moving around!

This fun activity gives children a brain break and helps them breathe a little more during class!

The site I mentioned earlier, Gonoodle, offers free brain breaks of all kinds! These activities help to reduce, stress and give the children a mental break. 

What techniques or activities have you found that work toward reducing anxiety in children?

Please leave a comment below!

~ Taylor Fulcher

 

 

Sad young boy with glasses with text overlay "Overpowering Effects Of Anxiety In Children"

Have you seen the overpowering effects of anxiety In Children first hand? Childhood Anxiety can lead to devastating issues if left unchecked… depression, shattered self-esteem, and worse. There are early warning signs you can look out for. Click to read more about those and ways to decrease anxiety in the blog. #parentingspecialneedschildren #specialneeds



This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 4:52 pm and is filed under Special Education Tips and tagged as , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

9 Responses to Overpowering Effects Of Anxiety In Children

  • Callie Hamilton says:

    It is so hard to know how to help little ones with such big feelings! Thanks for the tips.

  • Maria Yakimchuk says:

    Great post. Anxiety really does affect many children and with the mounting pressure to perform at school, anxiety has increased. As parents, we should absolutely talk to our children and offer them a safe space. We should begin this practice early, even before they are able to talk. So that when they are older and have problems, they know that home is a safe space for them.

  • Kelly says:

    This is really a great informative article. My 11 year old definitely struggles with anxiety.

  • Brittany Fiero says:

    I work at a university where student anxiety and depression are popular topics. There are so many services for students to help them cope. This often has me thinking about how I am going to help my son manage anxiety in the future (he is only a toddler now). The strategies you shared seem very helpful. I’m going to pin this to keep handy for tips and techniques.

  • Sonia Seivwright says:

    I really like this post. So much advice and useful information.

  • Tiffiny says:

    I love the tip on reading books on the topic with kids. It’s such a non-confrontational way of discussing it and learning about it.

  • Sarah says:

    This is some great advice. As a parent with mental health issues I am constantly worried I passed them down to my children, especially since mine were not diagnosed–I had no idea–until after I had already had children. Had I known, I may have reconsidered. Thanks for the helpful information.

  • Mallaury says:

    It saddens me to think that so many children struggle with this considering it can be hard even for adults to manage and work through such big feelings. I do think that it’s crucial for educators to read this..

  • Christina Furnival says:

    All great tips! Anxiety is youth is becoming more and more if an issue with today’s pressures. Great to know how to support our little ones.

  • Think Differently About Education.

    We Believe…

    All children are born with the innate ability to reach their OWN excellence.

    That a growing group of children don’t fully prosper in overpopulated classrooms.

    Through technology and one on one learning, their future path to success can be made clear again.