As adults, we’re no stranger to stress and sometimes feelings of anxiety. The never-ending list of to-dos, pressures of daily life or financial worries can take its toll. But did you know that kids can also be affected by anxiety and this number is rising! While a little worrying is normal, children may start to feel anxiety triggered by various experiences like social anxiety, separation anxiety or the most recently recognized, social media anxiety disorder. When children experience anxiety for long periods, the stress on the body can impact sleep, reduce the ability to focus and lead to decreased participation in regular activities.
Helping children deal with anxiety as parents can be challenging but luckily, our Vancouver chiropractors are here to help reduce your child’s anxiety. Here are a few tips:
Limit screen time: Be mindful of how much time your child is spending in front of devices or T.V. If your child has a smartphone, consider taking it away at night to ensure they are not up scrolling endlessly on their phone.
Set expectations: Give a count down or expected timeframe of when the anxiety inducing activity will begin so that children can prepare themselves.
Spend time together: Do an activity as a family or spend time simply talking together to show your support and listen. Encourage kids to spend time with a trusted friend to play games, go for a walk or listen to music.
Chiropractic Care for Kids: Chiropractic care provides a holistic approach to wellness to promote optimal function of the body and brain. Spinal subluxations (misalignment) cause stress on the central nervous system. The central nervous system controls the body as well as your mood so spinal misalignments can lead to physical and emotional issues in your child. Chiropractic adjustments remove misalignments to promote self-healing of the body and reduce anxiety.
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Disclaimer: Information contained in this blog post is for educational and general purposes only and is designed to assist you in making informed decisions about your health. Any information contained herein is not intended to substitute advice from your doctor or other healthcare professional.