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3 Straightforward Ways Parents Can Ease Anxiety in Kids

Scripture reminds us to "Be anxious for nothing" (Philippians 4:6) — a helpful mandate for us not just as individuals, but as parents, too. After all, anxious parenting can reflect upon our children.

But the verse from Philippians may seem like a tall order; a vague charge, especially when dealing with anxiety. Here are three straightforward ways to ease anxiety — in ourselves, and in turn, our kids.

1) Be aware of your own anxiety. Recognize that it is okay to experience anxiety, even as a Christian in church.

2) Check in with yourself. When encountering a stressful situation, ask yourself questions such as "What is going on for me right now?" and "How am I feeling?"

3) Regulate your anxiety. Cultivate calmness and stillness through various exercises such as breathing deeply, meditating on scripture, and/or moving your body.

"Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces the worry in your life."
Philippians 4: 6-7, The Message