Parental Anxiety about Your Teen and Its Impacts on Your Teen
All parents worry about their children’s well-being at any age, but the issues to worry about mount when children hit the teen years. During a session, therapists are often asked by parents of one child about how to deal with the anxiety they feel. A parent’s anxiety, feelings of upset or despair increases when there is the sense of danger, addiction, defiance, or even bullying. Parental anxiety is readily absorbed by children and not helpful as teenagers navigate their more complex world, facing more temptations and risks then they did as young children.
What is anxiety?
When someone suffers from anxiety, it impacts various areas of their life. Yes, we all experience anxiety. Parental anxiety has been observed when a child cannot be found. But clinical anxiety is more pronounced. Clinical anxiety can be very complexed which defining its full context I will avoid, but clinical anxiety is when someone is experiencing anxiety more often than they are not. This is usually for more than six months. They also might find it difficult to control. Also, they may have symptoms of restlessness, fatigue, irritability, or difficulty sleeping.
Research shows us that here are some things that can help anyone with anxiety reduce their symptoms: sleep hygiene, mindfulness, and exercise.
Mindfulness Helps Anxiety
New research is showing that mindfulness helps reduce anxiety. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the now. The focus is on stopping the replay of the past or worrying about the future. Regular practice of meditation and mindfulness can reduce tension and create calm. This can come in a variety of forms: deep breathing, prayer, sitting quietly, and guided meditation. Also, many types of yoga can help in this area. Also, activities like painting, listening to music, or even exercising can be mindful activities if you focus on the task at hand.
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