I wanted to sleep with a bat under my pillow. It was plastic; nonetheless, it was a weapon. I was 5 years old, and I firmly believed that each night when I went to sleep, a robber would break into the house. I needed something to defend myself (and maybe my family), and my brother’s… Read more!
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As parents, we have a natural tendency to reach out to our children when they are anxious, scared, or stressed. What none of us can anticipate is how our children’s anxiety will cause us to feel anxious, helpless, hopeless, angry, or desperate. The next time your child is ridden with anxiety, repeat any of these… Read more!
It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children… Read more!
Keep this list handy in case you’re in need of a quick stress fix. These tools can be used in one minute or less to help bring down levels of stress and anxiety. Used repeatedly, these coping skills become habit. Download the poster below: Download the FREE printable version of this infographic! Yes, send me… Read more!
Navigating childhood challenges can be stressful, and sometimes deep breathing isn’t the solution that works for your child. When your child is in need of tension relief, try one of these techniques: Try an inversion. For centuries, Yogis have understood the calming power of bringing the head below the level of the heart, otherwise known… Read more!
What we know from research is that anxiety conditions can be managed. But how do you start? Check out some super practical expert advice below related to overcoming social anxiety. Choose a method that speaks to you and try it for a week.
Imagine, you are driving in the car. You look in the rearview mirror and see your child trying to shrink into her seat. “What’s wrong?” you ask. “I don’t want to go to the birthday party.” “But you’ve been excited all week. There will be cake and games and a bounce house. You love all… Read more!
Let’s not sugarcoat it: Life can be hard for anxious kids. Even simple, everyday tasks can seem big and scary when they come with sweaty palms, a pounding heart, and the feeling that something — anything, maybe even everything — is about to go horribly wrong. Anxious kids may feel like it’s their job to stop… Read more!
It’s easy to be negative. The human mind is wired to detect and dwell on negative events and circumstances. Think about cavemen who went out hunting and gathering food for their families. Those who survived did so because they were sharply attuned to possible attacks from saber-toothed tigers lurking in the bush. In modern times,… Read more!
“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” (Photo Credit: Levent Konuk / Shutterstock.com) My favorite movies of all time come from the original Star Wars trilogy. Growing… Read more!
What are the signs of anxiety in young children? Unfortunately anxiety is not often detected until children are school aged. Once a child is showing some serious distress – anxiety typically makes it onto the parental radar. But, what about before that time? Can anxiety be seen in toddlers and preschoolers? Can parents get their… Read more!
If you have an anxious child, check out 5 phrases to avoid using with them and 5 alternatives. Related posts: 9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child Free Ebook: 72 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child
We all get frustrated with a friend once in a while. Check out 6 steps to take next time you’re in this situation.
Do you ever get angry at yourself for feeling anxious? Beating yourself up for feeling anxious only multiplies the misery. This is #3 on the list of 5 ways of coping with anxiety that can actually make it worse. Check it out along with some great alternatives for effectively managing worry. This infographic was made in partnership with Megan Bruneau,… Read more!
These 8 happiness boosters are awesome because they provide a practical path to increasing your well-being. At GoZen!, we love practical tips. 🙂 See if you and your kids can adopt one of the tips below that really speaks to you.
Music can soothe the soul as well as stress and anxiety. Try one of these five ways to integrate music into your child’s life:
The bar for the level of stress we should have in our lives is set far too high. Most of us are striving for a “no stress” lifestyle. Here’s the thing: the underlying story of stress is skewed. There is, in fact, a body of research that reveals stress can enhance performance and well-being. The right amount… Read more!
When your child experiences anxiety, it can be hard to find the right thing to say. Adopt a few of these phrases suggested by Nicole Schwarz, mom of 3 and licensed therapist. There are some real gems in this list! Teach your kids simple coping skills to fight anxiety – check out GoZen’s programs here. Get… Read more!