Child Anxiety – is my child anxious?

How do you recognize child anxiety? Are these reactions of my child normal or abnormal?  Its sometimes difficult as we are so close to the person who is suffering the anxiety.

Children are often worried about meeting new people, giving a speech in class, being frightened of the dark or changing schools but these are normal responses and feelings, but when the worry is unrealistic is when there is a real problem.  Often the result is that they will avoid the situation or event.

Child anxiety and fear need to be taken seriously because the child believes that their feel is very real, so listen to them when they approach you.  It carries the same symptoms as adults have but a child doesn’t have the brain capacity or experience to make sense of them.

A very anxious child’s phobia can be made worse by an over protective parent.  Encourage your child to face up to their fears in their own time and to try new things despite the result.  Tell them that mistakes are OK and are just a part of learning from their experiences.

Teaching your child to calm themselves down when they get upset is a very good tactic to help them in situations when you aren’t there to help.  I also found that having a routine for my own children gave them a sense of stability and security, oh and it made my life less stressful too.  This also helps your child from suffering from separation anxiety.

Child anxiety can also carry on into adulthood so dealing with the problems now will mean that this wont carry on through the rest of their life.  If you suspect that your child does suffer from anxiety then please see your family doctor for advice.

A great self help program is available at Panic Away. Check it out and have a look at some of the testemonials. They have a new video on the site as well that describes me to a tee even to the situation of eating out.  Unbelievable!  Even looks like me….I wish.

New Year Stress Mantra

Each New Year I give myself the goal of living the best year of my life by reducing my stress levels.  See below the three word stress mantra I use regularly to do this.  Reflect on the previous year, relax your mind and body and and renew your spirit.

New Year Mantra

The secret anxiety solution – Vitamin B Complex

vitaminbVitamin B Complex supports healthy nervous system function and strengthens the body to help during periods of stress and anxiety.  Vitamin B complex contains eight B vitamins as well as a couple of other related substances. The eight vitamins are thiamine (B1),  riboflavin (B2),  niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6),  cyanocobalamin (B12),  folic acid,  calcium pantothenate and biotin. The other related substances that can also be in the B complex vitamin include choline bitartrate,  inositol and vitamins C and E.  I must say here that I am a great fan of inositol for anxiety relief as I know it works for me.

Every part of this complex vitamin has it’s own exclusive purpose but it is when they work together as the Vitamin B Complex that it offers important maintenance for the body to remain healthy. The B vitamin complex contains B vitamins which are water-soluble and it is important that enough of these vitamins are consumed on a daily basis. The body cannot store water soluble vitamins such as this one and this leads to a frequent intake being required.

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Social Phobia and special occasions

Easter can be an anxious time for many people so if you are reading this post and have social phobia, congratulations, you survived it and you even survived the New Year this year.

Times when family and friends get together can be seen as difficult for those of us, like me, who are shy or suffer from social phobia.  Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving,  major birthdays (like 21st and 40th) can be difficult to face, not only if you are anxious because of a phobia, but also because many families fight during these times.   I prefer to spend time with my mother, partner, children and grandchildren,  the people I am comfortable with.

This is natural to feel that way but remember, if you suffer from social phobia you need to keep practicing being social or it will again become difficult.  They say practice makes perfect and in this case they are right.  In regard to the family fights, just stay out of it and stay calm if possible, and if that all fails think about giving them a big miss.  See the family individually instead and have a better experience for yourself.  We don’t always think about ourselves first but we need to do that for our own good.

I had a party to go to and a wedding just recently so I got to practice my social skills.  If you face the fear of socializing and having a panic attack then you need to learn to overcome it for good.  There is no way I am going to allow myself to slip back from what I have achieved.  Don’t let it happen to you.  Take control of your life and live it the way you want.  Anxiety help is available (click the link below to get expert help) and it is also within you if you know where to reach in for it.

How well did you do this last Easter season and how well will you do for the next birthday or special occasion?

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