Here is a quick article on the do’s and don’ts of childhood anxiety. The main take aways here are to ask questions open as possible without any bias to it. Just leave out negative words. Then, help them feel like you really heard them, “So what your saying is…” This is kind of a tricky part, because it’s best not to let your emotions get the best of you. I only have one kid, but I still find it a challenge not to react to ear shattering yelling or complaining. And instead, just try to be observant. So, once you communicated that you fully understand what the issue is, then you can either give them your perspective, reasons why they can get through it, or give them ideas that would make things easier. Saying things like, “It’s not so bad.” Will only tarnish credibility, because it already feels so bad. Anyway, it’s a great article, and there’s lots more great info about this.
• What qualities would help you be more patient with yourself and others?
• What do you feel is missing in your support system?
• Do you have your bases covered such as shelter, food, water, and the ability to obtain what you need in times of crisis?
• Do you feel that you need to change anything in your life for your dreams to come true?
As I was reading The Complete Guide to Chakras, by Ambika Wauters, I felt compelled to spend some time answering these questions while listening to some root chakra meditation music. Then, I watched a couple videos I had never seen about balancing this chakra.
Finally, I watched one on transmuting excess/pent up energy into something useful. Those things included aggressive exercise (punching a punching bag), cardio (walking, running, dancing), relaxing exercise (yoga, tai chi, balance, skill) meditation (like observing and letting go of thoughts), doing something creative (abstract painting, music), having fun (climbing, boating…), and meditating on feeling the energy rising back up to the heart chakra.
I like these questions because they get me thinking about the practical things I already know. I can use these questions to intuitively infer how to help myself in difficult situations. And finally, I can see what I need to study to create a more peaceful, structured, secure, furfilling life for myself. And I liked the last video because maybe I’ll think of something like these things to put into my schedule. For now it’s walking around my house minimizing clutter. There really is no limit to the amount of answers to these questions, each one being helpful in different given situations.