I used to worry all the time. I was a master at generalized anxiety.
My daughter also tends to worry. She's either unsatisfied with my answer to her concerns or she thinks deeply about matters which seem to unnecessarily burden her young mind.
When I was a child, I didn't have the skills to deal with my anxiety.
I didn't know what to do with the many thoughts and feelings which plagued my overactive mind. (Throughout my teenage years, I convinced myself I had a variety of terminal diseases and spent many hours contemplating my imminent demise.)
I needed a support system:
- and a PLAN.
Now, I find clarity and peace through simple mindful activities such as meditation or yoga.
If I need a new perspective, I go for a walk or take a drive with the windows down and my favorite music blaring or I call a close friend for support.
And sometimes, I veg out in front of the TV until I feel motivated to change.
I often watch old episodes of my favorite family sitcoms with my daughter. They are not only fun to watch but also a source of constant inspiration.
The other day we watched the Brady Bunch episode, "Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy." It's the one where Cindy is the star of the play but can only invite ONE guest to see her perform.
She worried about it for days, got conflicting advice from everyone until she finally quit the play! It got me thinking about how kids hold in their worries and don't always know what to do.
In this TEACHable Moments video, I'm sharing six ways you can wipe out worries by creating healthy habits that help kids thrive.
What we say and how we say it can make the difference between a worry that grows into a debilitating fear and a worry that becomes a teachable moments, learning about endurance and how to take control of our thoughts.
After you watch, I'd love to hear from you. What has been your child's biggest worry and ONE ACTION STEP you can take to help? Leave me a comment and share your story!
Thanks so much for watching and for sharing!
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