It’s natural to worry about our children’s well-being, and some worry can be an indicator that something is wrong. Parents have an intuitive connection with their children that can’t be broken, but when anxiety reaches unhealthy levels, you may need to calm down. When it begins to overwhelm your life and you get caught up in this negative cycle, you often spend much of your time lecturing, hovering, nagging, and yelling at your children. When you feel the anxiety levels rising, follow these tips for parental anxiety:
Find Out Why You Are Anxious
Many times parental anxiety can be combated by figuring out why you are anxious in the first place. Anxiety is fear and fear is a secondary emotion. Figure out if you are anxious about your kids, the bills, or some other stress that is going on.
Focus on the Present
Don’t think about days or weeks from now. Focus on the present because the present has enough to worry about. Thinking about the future or “what-ifs” only causes more anxiety. Focus on what is happening, today!
Find Creative Outlets
Anxiety is rooted in over thinking. You need to find creative ways to deal with your anxious feelings. Outlets such as working out at a gym, taking time for yoga, meditation, or coloring are great stress relievers that can help eliminate anxiety.
Know You Can’t Control Everything
As a parent, some things are just completely out of your control. Guide yourself in accepting the things you cannot change. Give yourself the courage to change the things you can, and acquire the wisdom to know the difference.
Think Positive Thoughts
Whenever you feel anxiety taking root in your life, think positive thoughts. Think about the good things, how life has always worked out thus far, and how wonderful many things in your life are. The power of the mind is an incredible thing. The more positive you think, the less anxiety you will have.