Managing the “Anx”
Everyone experiences some form of anxiety at some level in their life. It is even more common during adolescence, because so many changes are taking place in their mind, their body, and their emotions.
STARS Student Assistance Program Counselors work with adolescents, who are dealing with various forms of anxiety, to teach young adults coping skills to prevent and handle their anxiety. It is important to keep in mind that if your child is dealing with anxiety it is not a sign of poor parenting skills. One of the most helpful things to do is to build a support system for yourself and child.
Here are things you can do at home to help your child manage anxiety disorders:
• Pay attention to your child’s feelings.
• Stay calm when your child becomes anxious about a situation or event.
• Recognize and praise small accomplishments.
• Don’t punish mistakes or lack of progress.
• Be flexible, but try to maintain a normal routine.
• Modify expectations during stressful periods.
• Plan for transitions (For example, allow extra time in the morning if getting to school is difficult).
STARS Counselors help be a part of that support system across Middle Tennessee, hear from them how they are helping young adults learn coping skills to prevent and manage their anxiety.
Looking for more resources?
Check out ADAA for more helpful ways to manage anxiety.
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