More than just butterflies


Now that kids across the country are back to school, the routine should almost be back in place.

However, its important for parents to now keep an eye on their children for other tell tales signs which may be a cause of concern for them such as anxiety.

Recent research conducted by Dance Direct shows that a quarter of 11-12 year old’s are worried about bullying when at school.

Dance Direct surveyed parents across the UK to find out just how prevalent back to school anxiety is, and what specific things seem to trigger both theirs and their children’s nerves.

A quarter of the parents said that they think that think their child worries that they won’t have friends with one fifth revealing their child is worried that they won’t fit in.

How to alleviate anxiety

Dr Victoria Khromova, child and adolescent psychiatrist, parent coach and founder of Emerging Parent explained, “anxious children often have parents or other close family members who suffer with anxiety.”

She suggested that, “understanding how your own emotions as a parent impact on your child and investing time and effort into finding ways to regulate your own worries is very worthwhile, because you will then be able to teach your child these invaluable skills and you will be better equipped to keep the home environment stable.”

She recommended making sure you and your child’s key needs are taken care of – good sleep, nutritious diet, positive socialising, regular exercise, and an opportunity to explore and express.

The importance of movement

We all know the importance of exercise for our physical health, but movement has many positive mental health benefits as well, she highlighted.

Dr Victoria explains that “we are increasingly starting to understand how important movement is for treating the stress which follows significant trauma and dance is a way of using your body and embodying your feelings.”

“Having good strategies for expressing and ‘burning up’ anxiety – anxiety is going to happen in life and developing skills that allow young people to regulate their own emotions early is essential.” She concluded.

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