These symptoms can feel so tough to manage—and the whole family can feel it. Together we can start to get you some relief. To help you manage your child’s symptoms before your appointment, we wanted to share some strategies you can start using today.
It’s totally expected that children, like us, sometimes feel sad, down, grumpy, or upset. But sometimes they might get “stuck” in these feelings, and then they last longer than they should.
The good news? Research shows that actively trying to change those thoughts and actions can help people feel better faster. This short exercise will help your child understand how they can positively change their thoughts and actions—and how that will help them to feel better!
Sit down with your child and imagine together another child their age who is upset that it is raining outside:
- They think: the rain has ruined my day, and there is nothing to do outside
- They feel: tired, bored, lonely
- What they do: goes back to bed, says “no” when their mom suggests an activity
They’re stuck in their negative feelings.
Now imagine her neighbor—another child looking outside at the rain.
- They think: Great! Now I don’t have to mow the lawn, so I can have fun with a friend
- They feel: happy, excited, energized
- What they do: invites a friend over, hang out and watch a movie
Discuss which girl feels better (the second one!) and what actions made her feel better.
Now have your child remember a time when they got stuck in a bad mood. What did they think, feel, and do? Would they have done anything differently to feel better faster?
We’ve seen this be helpful for many children. It may take a little while, but it can really help! We know this is tough stuff, and we’ll be here with you every step of the way. We can’t wait to start moving forward, together. See you soon!