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Looking after yourself as a parent:

Parenthood is a rewarding journey filled with joy, love and precious moments. However, it can also be incredibly challenging, especially when your child is experiencing anxiety. As a parent, it's only natural to focus on your child's well-being, but it's essential to remember that you, too, need care and support during this time.  You need to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others!

 

In this post, we'll explore the importance of self-care for parents when your child is dealing with anxiety and provide valuable tips to help you find balance and resilience.

Top 10 tips to help parents support their anxious teen:

1. Recognise Your Feelings:

First and foremost, acknowledge your own feelings and emotions. It's okay to feel worried, helpless, or stressed when your child is anxious. By recognising your emotions, you can address them more effectively and find appropriate ways to manage them.

2. Seek Support:

You're not alone on this journey. Reach out to friends, family members, or a support group for parents of children with anxiety. Sharing your experiences and concerns with others who understand can be incredibly comforting and helpful.

It can be helpful to also engage in your own therapy to help you understand and manage how you are feeling.  I also offer CBT support for parents so please contact me to find out more.

3. Educate Yourself:

Learn about anxiety, its causes and treatment options. Understanding the condition can help you feel more in control and better equipped to support your child. Knowledge is power, and it can alleviate some of your anxieties.

4. Practice Self-Compassion:

Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you'd offer to a friend in a similar situation. Parenting is a challenging job and it's okay to make mistakes or have moments of doubt.

5. Set Boundaries:

It's essential to set boundaries to maintain your well-being. Allow yourself time for self-care activities and interests outside of parenting. This can recharge your energy and help you stay balanced.

6. Manage Stress:

Stress can easily build up when you're supporting an anxious child. Find stress-reduction techniques that work for you, whether it's deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or a hobby you enjoy.

7. Communicate with Your Child:

Encourage open and honest communication with your child about their anxiety. Let them know that you're there to support them and listen. This can ease your child's burden and create a closer, more trusting relationship.

8. Professional Help for Your Child:

While you may provide emotional support, remember that professional help, such as therapy can be essential for your child. Seek the guidance of a qualified mental health professional who specialises in treating anxiety.

9. Take Time for Yourself:

Allocate time for self-care activities. This can include reading, exercising, pursuing a hobby, or simply taking a relaxing bath. Your well-being directly impacts your child's well-being, so taking care of yourself is not selfish—it's necessary.

10. Trust the Process:

Anxiety can be a long journey, but with the right support and treatment, your child can make progress. Trust the process and have patience with both your child and yourself.

Conclusion:

As a parent, it's crucial to remember that taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a necessity, especially when your child is experiencing anxiety. By practicing self-care, seeking support and maintaining balance, you can provide better, more consistent support to your child.

 

Remember, your well-being is intrinsically connected to your child's, so prioritise self-care as an integral part of your parenting journey. Together, you and your child can navigate the challenges of anxiety and emerge stronger and more resilient.

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