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200: Overcoming Anxiety: Practical Tips for Parents – Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Explore strategies to help children overcome anxiety, fostering resilience and promoting calm. Practical tips for parents to create a supportive and healthier environment.

The rising number of cases of anxiety among children, teenagers, and young adults is a growing concern for parents, educators, and healthcare professionals alike.  Addressing this issue is not just about alleviating symptoms but about fostering a healthier, more resilient generation. And as anxiety becomes more prevalent, it becomes crucial for us to understand its roots and find effective strategies to help our children cope and thrive. Let's dive into the different strategies to help your child overcome anxiety. By applying these practical tips, every parent can help reduce anxiety, promote calm. These are also beneficial in creating a supportive environment that fosters resilience for your children.

Childhood anxiety causes, symptoms, and practical tips for parents.

There has been a dramatic increase in anxiety among kids, teenagers, and young adults in the three decades I’ve worked with families. And often, parents also deal with their own anxiety as they empathize with their children struggling with anxiety. This shared anxiety can exacerbate parents' stress levels, impacting their overall mental health and well-being. Additionally, parents might feel overwhelmed and helpless, further contributing to a cycle of anxiety within the family. That is why it is vital for us to understand childhood anxiety and recognize the fact that it's not always due to genetics or a single traumatic event, but often results from cumulative stressors like poor diet, lack of sleep, and ongoing stress.

These factors can dysregulate the nervous system, shifting it from a calm state to a more reactive, anxious state. This dysregulation can lead to physical symptoms like poor sleep and stomach aches, as well as behaviors like fearfulness, worry, anger, and irritability. A significant aspect of managing anxiety is dealing with avoidance behaviors, where children avoid activities that cause anxiety, providing temporary relief but potentially reinforcing the anxiety in the long run. Over time, this avoidance can lead to increased fear and a reduced ability to cope with challenging situations. Encouraging gradual exposure to anxiety-inducing activities can help children build confidence and resilience, breaking the cycle of avoidance.

It's also important for parents to differentiate between genuinely supportive actions and enabling avoidance. For instance, while it's supportive to respect a child’s genuine disinterest in an activity, it's counterproductive to allow avoidance of anxiety-inducing but necessary experiences, like going to the dentist. By addressing these avoidance behaviors and creating a supportive environment, parents can help their children build resilience and manage their anxiety more effectively.

Strategies to help children manage anxiety without relying on psych medication.

To help your child manage anxiety, it's essential to be supportive and teach them coping strategies. For instance, when facing a dental appointment, problem-solve with your child by suggesting practical solutions like using earbuds or watching a movie to ease their discomfort. Validate their feelings by acknowledging their difficulty and encouraging them to think of ways to cope. Your role as a parent is to help them develop coping skills through consistent communication and modeling behavior. By recognizing their small successes and reinforcing them, you help lower their anxiety through positive experiences rather than avoidance.

Remember that avoidance only leads to increased stress intolerance and unhelpful habits. Instead, teach your children to respond healthily to stress, showing them that it's okay to make mistakes and learn from them. This approach reduces perfectionism and builds resilience. By fostering an environment where anxiety is acknowledged and addressed constructively, you are helping your child develop crucial life skills that will benefit them not just today, but for their entire future. Every small step towards managing anxiety is still progress, and with patience and persistence, you can help your child kick anxiety to the curb.

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Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge: Revolutionizing Children’s Mental Health

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge’s podcast, It’s Gonna be OK!™: Science-Backed Solutions for Children’s Behavior and Mental Health, is in the top 2% globally. The podcast empowers parents with natural, science-backed solutions to improve children’s self-regulation and calm their brains. Each episode delivers expert advice and practical strategies, making it indispensable for parents of neurodivergent children or those with behavioral or mental health challenges.

Dr. Roseann, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann, LLC, created the Neurotastic™ Brain Formulas and BrainBehaviorReset® method. With her extensive experience, she provides families with hope and effective strategies to manage conditions like ADHD, anxiety, OCD, and PANS/PANDAS. 

Forbes has called her “A thought leader in children’s mental health,” highlighting her revolutionary impact on mental health education and treatment. Through her podcast and innovative methods, Dr. Roseann continues to transform how we approach, treat and understand children’s mental health.

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