At a workshop I attended recently, it came up in conversation that quite a few of us were looking for a natural remedy for anxiety in children. We all had children suffering various levels of anxiety, and were advised that never before has there been a time when anxiety in children has been so common. Turns out 1 in 10 children experience an anxiety disorder.
It may make you feel better to know that although this is not due to poor parenting on your part, you do have the ability to do something about it.
But firstly it’s important to know the main reason for the anxiety. According to the workshop presenter, the culprit is too much technology! Or more specifically, too much time spent playing computer games, regardless of what device is being used. Part of the reasoning behind this logic is that some children have difficulty distinguishing between what’s real and what’s not, after spending a reasonable portion of their time in a digital world that is far from reality.
In this post we’ll look into this in more detail, and I’ll show you what I believe is the best natural remedy for anxiety in children that’s available right now.
What Are The Signs For Anxiety In Children?
Anxiety can appear in children in a number of different ways. I’ve witnessed the following physical symptoms first hand:
- Not being able to sit still
- Constantly fidgeting
- Biting and sucking on clothes
- Pulling hair out
- Picking face/chin/skin (to the point of permanent scarring)
There is a long list of other possible symptoms of anxiety, including:
- Difficulty concentrating (leading to poor performance at school)
- Avoiding friends, and not wanting to go to school
- Angry outbursts or moodiness
- Worrying persistently without any obvious need or cause
- Difficulty sleeping at night
- Being self-critical, lacking self-confidence
- Compulsive nail biting
In extreme cases it can even be pulling out eyelashes. What was very apparent to me was that my son wasn’t aware of doing these things. They were unconscious movements. As soon as I (or anyone else) would tell him to stop he would do so straight away…for about 10 seconds! It clearly wasn’t “naughty” behavior or anything he could help. At this point my son had just turned 7 years old.
Getting To The Cause
I was delighted when my son finally stopped sucking on his shirts. He’d had the ability (and lots of practice!) to bite holes in his clothes and have them saturated through sucking on them in just 5 minutes. As a result of course I was going crazy with frustration. It was pointless buying him decent clothes to wear.
After seeing a child psychologist I took her advice and bought him a chew toy made of jellystone that he could wear around his neck and suck on instead of his clothes. This might have saved his clothes when he agreed to wear it, but it did nothing to get to the cause of the problem.
And after the sucking on clothes came the picking of skin. Same problem, same feelings…the only thing different was the type of physical activity. Just before he permanently scarred his face, thankfully this behavior stopped – only to go back to ruining his clothes!
The moral of the story: it’s pointless to focus on fixing the symptom of anxiety. This issue won’t just magically go away by itself. The only way to fix the problem is to understand and deal with the cause of it.
I was advised that my son was suffering from “sensory overload”. There was nothing wrong with him – he wasn’t strange or sick or anything like that. His brain just wasn’t able to process everything that was going on around him.
This makes sense when you think about it. There are so many bits of information to take in all around us, particularly for kids whose brains are not the same as an adult’s. It’s really no wonder there are so many kids who just don’t handle the expectations and needs placed upon them from all directions very well. They are learning about themselves, the world around them, other people, school…and after all, they’re only little!
Breaking The Cycle
The key to helping your anxious child is to help them sooner than later. Similarly to adults, kids will associate certain activities with being nervous and will get themselves into a vicious cycle which will intensify and get worse as they grow.
For example, if they have to talk in front of their class and they say something that the other kids laugh at, they may then associate public speaking with being ridiculed. What happens the next time they’re asked to speak in front of their class? They’re terrified of course, and highly anxious. This can potentially lead on to perhaps not wanting to go to school in fear of being asked to talk in front of their class again. You can see how this cycle can easily affect any child, and how quickly it can happen.
Again it’s important to reiterate that this isn’t your fault in any way. But it is your responsibility as a parent to do what you can to help in finding the best remedy for anxiety for your child.
I am very firmly in favor of a natural remedy for anxiety in children, as opposed to any remedy for anxiety that may involve drugs or any other substances. Anything unnatural that enters our bodies, and particular our children’s smaller bodies, has to have unnatural effects. What medical people refer to as “side effects” are simply effects of the drug that we just don’t like! I steer well clear of drugs that can generally cause other problems as much as possible, for my children and for myself.
The best natural remedy for anxiety in children that I’ve found is right here:
There’s plenty of information you can read about this from the link above. It all comes down to recognizing the need to give your children the best opportunity at life, and giving them back their childhood. There can be no greater gift than this. There are numerous testimonials here about how effective yet simple this program is, and how it has completely transformed the lives of many families.
Don’t suffer any longer – for your own sake as well as that of your child! There is a solution to your child’s anxiety and you owe it to them and to yourself to take advantage of it. Do it now – and let me know the results in the comments below 🙂