Tuesday, November 24, 2009

10 Reasons to Address Your Child's Anxiety

I love teaching these techniques to children!

They are so quick to catch on because they don't have to undo years of bad habits or self-talk. Once they're shown a better way to conduct their lives, they just get on with doing it.

I had the pleasure of working with "Lisa", a grade 4 student. Her mother called me because Lisa was exhibiting some signs of anxiety at school. (Before tests she would self-soothe by counting repeatedly on her fingers.)

After just 3 sessions, her mother was thrilled to report that she noticed a difference in Lisa's posture, as well as in her interaction with her sister. She was now standing her ground and not letting her sister bully her.

Math marks improved to an A and at the Parent/Teacher conference her teacher remarked that Lisa was now speaking audibly in class. She was also volunteering answers. She even stopped the counting!

When I asked Lisa about her experience, she said that she felt better about herself and her ability to do well in school.

Lisa continued with her positive shifts in emotions and behaviour and ended the school year on a high note.

Working with children is interesting because they immediately recognise the benefits of the tools and techniques and very quickly adopt them and make them work in their lives.

10 reasons to equip your child with heart-activated techniques:
  1. You are giving your child the key to access higher brain function by learning to calm the stress response. Your child is better able to concentrate on the work, as opposed to what is stressing them.
  2. To learn to improve test performance, students require Stress Smarts and Test Smarts, which has an impact on Facts Smarts.
  3. It is easier to nip bad habits at a younger age, before they become entrenched.
  4. Decision-making is greatly impacted when stress is not transformed.
  5. Your child is empowered by learning to trust his/her decision-making skills.
  6. Reacting to situations often results in poor life choices. They learn to be proactive in their lives.
  7. Cortisol, "the stress hormone", can be a contributing factor in a number of illnesses, including Diabetes, Heart Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Immune conditions and menstrual and fertility issues. These may not show up for years or decades.
  8. Improved relationships.
  9. They feel better emotionally, mentally and physically.
  10. You feel better!
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  1. I raised my "kids" long before we heard the word stress. I reacted badly to stress, but all 4 of them turned out extremely well (I'm biased), because their father is cool as a cucumber, never gets upset.

  2. I'm going to send your post to my daughter. My granddaughter is having self esteem problems. Thanks for your post!

  3. I appreciate that, Judy.

    One of the things that was so gratifying in working with "Lisa" was that I was a "Lisa" in my youth.

    I feel like I altered my own history.

  4. My kids get a bit stressed at times owing to the fact that the home life is quite pressurised. I liked your post!

  5. BHB,
    Glad to hear that your kids are all happy and healthy.

    I see these techniques as additional skills to empower kids in dealing with the pressures of today. The best thing is that they will have them for their lifetime and with regular use will lessen the impact of stress-related illnesses.

    The journey of one's life will put one in hot water, cold water, lukewarm and everything in between.

    Learning to be "swim" through the varying temperatures and maintain one's health - emotional, mental & physical is so important.

    Thanks for stopping by.


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