A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

As a child therapist, I am often asked what to do when a child is in the middle of complete panic. Their brain has shut off and it can seem like there are no good options to help them. So how are you supposed to reduce anxiety?

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PSP 144:  Surviving the Holidays with Kids Who Have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 144:  Surviving the Holidays with Kids Who Have Anxiety or OCD

I love the holidays. I mean LOVE them! But my three anxious kids can hit some pretty big bumps during the holiday season. In fact most kids who have anxiety or OCD hit a few bumps during this time of year.

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PSP 143:  How Our Expectations and Stress Impact Our Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 143:  How Our Expectations and Stress Impact Our Child with Anxiety or OCD

We often think there is nothing we can do if our child doesn’t work on their anxiety or OCD. I often say, we are in the passenger seat and they are in the driver’s seat. But there is one thing, one HUGE thing we can do.

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Helping Kids Who Get Overwhelmed in Crowds

Helping Kids Who Get Overwhelmed in Crowds

Some people look at a crowd and see fun and energy, while other people see a lack of air and nowhere to escape. I am definitely the latter of the two and I know many anxious kids are right there with me!

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PSP 140: Talking All About Self Care with Dr. Orlena

PSP 140: Talking All About Self Care with Dr. Orlena

Does “self care” equal “self-ish” to you? Often there is a negative connotation with the idea of focusing on yourself, especially when you have a child who is in crisis. Sadly, that is when self care is the most needed.

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How to Help a Child Who Gets Images Stuck in Their Head

How to Help a Child Who Gets Images Stuck in Their Head

How to Help a Child Who Gets Images Stuck in Their Head We all get songs stuck in our head from time to time. But kids with anxiety or OCD have “sticky” minds. Things get stuck in their brains all the time. When a child gets images stuck in their head, it can cause some serious distress. They might wonder:   When will this image […]

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Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

If you want to not only survive, but thrive with anxiety – you have to learn how to protect the anxious mind. Our anxious minds are sponges to bad things. It files things away, only to torture us later on with it.

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Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Anxiety doesn’t just live in our mind, it lives in our body as well. It can cause stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, shaking, diarrhea… just to name a few. Teaching kids the mind body connection can reduce the anxiety felt about these physical symptoms.

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PSP 137: Talking About Drugs with our Anxious Kids with Tiffany Jenkins from Juggling the Jenkins

PSP 137: Talking About Drugs with our Anxious Kids with Tiffany Jenkins from Juggling the Jenkins

We many think my sweet, anxious child will never do drugs. In fact, how could she? She’s afraid of her own shadow! I am right there with you. But our young, anxious kids often turn into depressed, overwhelmed teens. The last thing we want is for them to self medicate. That’s why talking about drugs when they are young is so important.

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When Your Child’s Feelings of Worry Turn into Embarrassment and Anger

When Your Child’s Feelings of Worry Turn into Embarrassment and Anger

Your child doesn’t want to participate. Inside, feelings of worry, overwhelm and panic are setting in. Outside they are starting to feel embarrassed and angry. The teacher doesn’t get the hint.

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PSP 136: How to Talk to Your Child When Something Bad Happened Locally or Globally | Dawn Huebner

PSP 136: How to Talk to Your Child When Something Bad Happened Locally or Globally | Dawn Huebner

It seems like more and more these days we are having to cope with some horrific things. Mass shootings, school shootings, bombings, hate crimes, environmental disasters and devastating weather are things that we and our children have to contend with all too often. How do we talk to kids when something bad happened?

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

I have gotten many requests from kids on my Youtube channel to make a video on how to talk to their parents about anxiety or OCD. This breaks my heart. Kids are struggling and suffering silently. Perhaps there are loving, caring parents nipping at the bit to help, if they only knew?

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PSP 135: The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

PSP 135: The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

Dealing with extreme picky eating can be a lonely journey. Barely anyone gets it. People will tell you all sorts of things. Some to lift you up and some to tear you down, but neither wind up being helpful.

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Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me! Do you find that no matter where you go or what your child is doing, they always say, “everybody hates me!”   Perhaps it baffles you because you see your child talking to other kids. You see them laughing. You see people waving at them. They have friends to play with at recess. They are invited to birthday […]

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Free Webinar: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping a Child Who is Scared to Sleep

Free Webinar: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping a Child Who is Scared to Sleep

It was bedtime. While most parents were breathing a sigh of relief and doing a mental countdown, I was starting to tense up. I was tired. No, I was exhausted. I hadn’t had a good night sleep in months. We were on a bad run.

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