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- Physical – decreased appetite; headache; nightmares; new or recurrent bedwetting; onset of stuttering; upset stomach or stomach pain; new or recurrent bedwetting; other physical symptoms with no physical illness
- Emotional or Behavioral – anxiety; worry; inability to relax; new or recurring fears; clinging and unwilling to let parent/or significant person out of sight; anger; crying; questioning; whining; aggressive behavior; regression to behavior of earlier developmental stage; unwillingness to participate in family or school activities.
- Provide a safe, consistent, dependable home by trying to stick to daily routines that give a sense of order.
- Provide affection and deep hugs to your child and tell him or her how much you care and love him or her and that he or she is safe.
- Provide calm and mindful time with your child. Take time to take deep breaths, and with your eyes closed, follow your breath in and out like a balloon, or look up at the clouds passing by.
- Use prayer (if family is so inclined) and affirmations to offer soothing and calmness to a stressful situation. e.g., “I am safe” “My ——— is in Heaven and with me in my heart”
- Listen to calm, soothing, music that brings relaxation.
- Be selective in the television shows, and/or video/tablet games that are being watched and/or played, to avoid violence and other events that can bring more stress and anxiety.
- Encourage expression of concerns, worries, or fears and encourage children to ask questions and be prepared to respond clearly. Your child can express concerns through art, movement, and/or verbal communication.