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How to raise a generation of kids who don’t have the problem with anxiety?

26-Nov-2022

By Bidhi Raghubanshi

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In today's society, anxiety can mean many different things, and most families avoid talking about it. Your body's natural reaction to stress is anxiety. It is the sentiment of appreciation for what might follow. Everyone is affected by anxiety in a different way. It's common to experience anxiety when beginning a new job, making new friends, or moving into a completely new environment, but this only lasts for a short while. However, if you constantly feel anxious, you might stop doing the things you like to do.

Most people obsess over controlling their emotions in order to avoid feeling anything that will make them sad, which leads them to overthink many things. However, by doing this, they are ultimately burdening themselves with the desire to always feel happy and cheerful. They constantly worry about how much money they need to be successful, what to eat to stay in shape, and how other people will react to them so they can act in a way that others will find endearing.

We try to control the physical things in our life to control our emotions. Mostly people especially teenagers think that if we are attractive then we will be loved and respected, if we get into a

relationship then we will never experience heartbreak. But that’s not how life works. As anyone who struggles with intense and irrational emotions can tell you the root of most anxiety and panic is the fear of experiencing anxiety and panic itself.

The childhood contributes a lot in the development of emotional and mental intelligence of a person. From childhood kids are taught to be beautiful and intelligent. Parents don’t realize that different people grow in a different way. Parents tend to behave good if their child are in their best behavior, securing good marks. This will cause them to think that if they show only the good side of them then they will be loved and they shut down the part of themselves that they fear is unacceptable.

What they are responding to is the lack of feeling loved and what they are wired to chase is their parents love. This will let them disassociate from a crucial part of themselves. And this is how they evolve into panicked, judgmental anxious adults who cannot function in relationships.

The way to raise adults who don’t struggle with anxiety is being the adults who accept anxiety. We must be the voice of reason why they will not have it. The voice they hear from us will someday become the voices in their head. We nurture adults who thrive without fear is by listening and supporting them through their though times and being adults who reflect upon their positive side. Now that we have a unique privilege of learning how to cope with our anxiousness we have the potential to provide the coming generation with the knowledge of mental and emotional intelligence.

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