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?

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4 Ways to Help Children Worry Less

We all worry from time to time, but it can be challenging for parents when a child worries too much…

Some kids may worry a lot about only one thing, such as speaking in front of their classmates…

Other kids may worry about lots of different things…

Such as being late, getting sick, having no one to play with at school, upcoming tests or not being good at sport…

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The Benefits of Stress

“Stress is bad for you! Too much of it will kill you!”

Google a few vague symptoms and the word ‘stress’ and simply wait for the words ‘cancer’ and ‘death’ to flash up on your screen…!

Stressing about stress is getting out of hand…

But there is actually another way to think about stress. There is an alternate, but equally true reality in which stress can make a positive influence in our lives.

An article I read suggests that it’s not stress itself, but stressing about stressing which is zapping our happiness, and detracting from our peak performance. The researchers were from Yale (Alicia Crum & Peter Salovey) and Harvard alumni (Shawn Achor), so I’m confident that they know a thing or two about stress.

Crum and Salovey found that by changing someone’s perception of the stress that they were under, they could actually change how stress affected them physically.

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The Importance of Being Grateful

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and this got me thinking about gratitude and how wonderful it feels to be thankful and appreciative, even for the small things we experience in everyday life.

And it turns out there is a growing body of research which shows there are many psychological benefits to being grateful, including feeling happier and lowering stress, depression and anxiety.

And of course feeling good about helping others feel good too!

Not only that, there is also scientific evidence that expressing genuine gratitude on a daily basis can improve physical health as well by improving quality of sleep, cardiovascular (heart) health and immune function.

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How to Help Your Child Survive (And Even Thrive) During VCE – Part 3 of 3

(This is the third and final post in this series. Click here for part 1 | Click here for part 2)

What else can I do to help?

Here are some ideas to help your son or daughter stay on top of things and reduce stress levels during the VCE years.

Getting Organised

1. Prepare a schedule

Help your son or daughter come up with a daily and weekly schedule.

Try putting leisure and non-academic activities into the schedule first, such as:

  • Part-time work
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Family time
  • Time with friends
  • Time spent relaxing

Then, fit in study blocks (usually 45 minutes) around the activities.

Encourage them to take frequent short breaks away from their desk!

Short breaks should be about 5 minutes for every 40-50 minutes of study.

Breaks should be energising and can involve activities such as:

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How to Help Your Child Survive (And Even Thrive) During VCE – Part 2 of 3

(This is the second post in a three part series. Click here for part 1)

Communication is Key

It can be easy to tell yourself, “if my child is worried, they will tell me”, or, “if they need help with schoolwork, they will tell me”, but the ways teenagers communicate their feelings are not always so straightforward…

1. Make the first move

Sitting back and waiting for your teenage son or daughter to come to you could lead to you are waiting an awfully long time!

You are the adult and parent, so take the first step to show them you care.

2. Timing

Catch them at the right moment to have a chat or make a request. Timing is very important!

Some good times to open up are…

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How to Help Your Child Survive (And Even Thrive) During VCE – Part 1 of 3

(This is the first post in a three part series.)

The Causes and Symptoms of Stress

VCE* is the most stressful period of school that your child will undertake. Even the most capable student can feel overwhelmed from time-to-time.

(*The Victorian Certificate of Education covers the final two years of secondary school.)

What’s more, stress can not only compromise your child’s ability to achieve their full academic potential…but it can also take a toll on their health, their relationships with friends and family and their emotional wellbeing.

So what can you do about it?

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