Anxiety in children caused by school demands can manifest in a variety of ways, such as difficulty sleeping, stomach-aches, and difficulty concentrating. Children may become overwhelmed by the pressure to perform well academically, or they may be anxious about social situations at school. Parents and teachers can help by providing a supportive and understanding environment, teaching coping strategies, and encouraging children to talk about their feelings. Seeking professional help from a therapist or counsellor may also be beneficial for children experiencing severe anxiety.
What can we do at home to help reduce anxiety for children
There are several things that we as parents and carers can do at home to help reduce anxiety for your child:
- Create a predictable routine: Having a consistent daily routine can provide children with a sense of stability and security.
- Encourage open communications: Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and provide a safe space for them to do so.
- Practice relaxation techniques: Teach your child simple relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or yoga. Find others way to promote calm, like using our pillow spray to create a serene and calming scent in their bedroom.
- Encourage physical activity: Regular physical activity can help reduce anxiety and improve overall well-being.
- Limit screen time: Try to limit the amount of time children spend on electronic devices, as excessive screen time can contribute to anxiety.
- Get enough sleep: Encourage children to get a good night’s sleep and maintain regular sleep habits. Of course our pillow sprays helps to reduce your anxiety before bedtime.
- Seek professional help: If your child's anxiety is severe, seek help from your GP, a therapist or counsellor who can work with the child and provide additional support.
- Help them to be proactive: Encourage children to problem-solve and find ways to deal with their own anxiety, give them tools and strategies to manage their anxiety, and help them to understand that anxiety is a normal emotion.
It's important to note that every child is different, and what works for one child may not work for another.
There are several potential causes of anxiety in primary school children:
- Academic pressure: Children may feel pressure to perform well academically, which can lead to anxiety about tests, assignments, and grades.
- Social situations: Children may feel anxious about interacting with their peers in the classroom or on the playground.
- Change and transitions: Starting a new school or transitioning to a new grade can be stressful for children and may cause anxiety.
- Trauma or adverse experiences: Children who have experienced trauma or adverse experiences may be more likely to experience anxiety at school.
- Genetics: Anxiety can run in families and children may have a genetic predisposition to developing anxiety.
- Parental anxiety: Children may pick up on your anxiety and develop their own symptoms.
It's important to note that anxiety can manifest differently in children and can be difficult to diagnose., so seek professional help if you worry about your child and heir anxiety levels.