Anxiety in Younger Children – Why Early Intervention Matters

You’re probably familiar with the term ‘early intervention’…

(Which means taking action as early as possible to support children’s physical, mental and emotional needs.)

Well, research has shown that dealing with child anxiety as soon as possible can be hugely beneficial…

And when early intervention is not applied?

This often leads to more serious anxiety related challenges in adolescence and adulthood…

So what does excessive child anxiety look like?

It’s not always black and white, but there are some typical warning signs…

Such as issues with sleep, excessive worrying, separation anxiety, school avoidance, social anxiety…

…or sometimes even physical symptoms…

Of course, some mildly anxious behavior during childhood is common and not necessarily any cause for concern…

But when the anxiety or worry starts to affect your child’s daily life?

it is probably time to consider further steps to help them…

Kids with anxiety are more likely to have problems with friendships, family life and school…

…and tend to worry about injuries or natural events…

While anxious teenagers often worry most about study and socialising…

And these fears usually become worse in adulthood, affecting relationships, physical health and work…

For example, social anxiety in adults is very common, and people often display symptoms decades before they’re diagnosed…

HOWEVER, childhood symptoms of anxiety don’t have to be a call for excessive concern as much as a call for action…

And getting the right help in place early on is the key…

This may include simple relaxation exercises, mindfulness and meditation, and (evidence-based) intervention programs with a psychologist…

An evidence-based approach helps children recognise anxious feelings and physical symptoms, clarify their thoughts in anxiety-provoking situations, and develop better coping mechanisms and resilience…

These coping mechanisms are like any skills — they improve with practice, so the earlier you start practising the better!

And the best part?

Once they have learned these skills, they’ll have them for life.

So if your child is experiencing excessive worry or anxiety…

…and you’re finding it hard to apply the right strategies to help them?

You might like to consider getting some extra help

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