Following my daughter's diagnosis of anxiety I obsessed trying to save her. Anxiety became a volatile current and we were both fighting to swim up-stream.
I have actually gotten out of bed during the desired hour and have kept my promise in happily sitting on the couch to continue my Netflix binge at night. So, bargaining with yourself seems to be an accurate next step. Surely, the last step has to be to put your feet on the floor.
Every day it seems like something is getting cancelled, delayed, or a decision will be made at a further point in time. For myself this is extremely difficult. To lose complete control over a situation like this has really forced me to change my way of thinking.
If you have a child with any level of anxiety, here are some things our family has found very helpful. I hope these suggestions bring you a bit of relief or help.
My biggest dislike about the current situation is the sudden, massive increase in technology use. I think for the ages of my children, technology is not the best approach for learning. And, the lack of hands-on experiences are frustrating the kids. Basically, it’s okay for school maintenance, but would 100% not work for the long term.
As parents, we want to think our child is immune to these types of thoughts but sometimes the best thing you can do is just let him or her know you are there to talk about it, and that it's okay to ask for help.
Tragic moments and hard times will reach all of us and our children as well. We want to shelter them, but that isn’t always the best way to help them gain acceptance. Part of strong mental health — a huge part of it — is the ability to accept things as they are.