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May 19th, 2010

Sick and Scared: Coping Strategies to Help Kids When They Don’t Feel Well

Children can become frightened and worried when they don’t feel well, even if it’s a routine illness. Children may have lots of worried thoughts such as:
•What if I get worse?
•Maybe it’s something serious.
•I have a ton of work in school. I’ll never be able to catch up.
•I won’t be able to play sports for a while and I’m afraid I’ll lose my position on the team.

Children and teens need tender loving care from their families when they are ill and also may require the expertise of their doctor. When children have repeated worried thoughts about not feeling well, they may need to learn strong coping strategies to help their minds when their bodies are not quite right.

While it is certainly understandable that kids and teens worry when they are sick, some of their worries and scared thoughts may actually make them feel worse. To reduce the anxiety in children that often accompanies routine illnesses, kids need to think in accurate, realistic, and self-supportive ways. Here are a few examples of accurate anti-anxiety thoughts that help children worry less:
•I may feel bad right now, but I will feel better soon.
•I know I’ll get better because I am bring treated, my doctor and family are helping me.
•I can do my part by resting and taking good care of myself.

There is a new way to reduce anxiety in children when they worry about being sick with common illnesses. The Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids® is for all kids and teens in grades K-12. Developed by experts, the Tool Kit teaches the best thinking and behaving tools to fight all kinds of anxious thoughts. Kids learn how to keep fear from growing, think realistically when worry spikes, distract their minds, calm their bodies, and stop imagining the worst case scenarios. These tools can be learned and applied quickly to provide emotional relief to kids who need to let their bodies do the work of getting better.

May 10th, 2010

Dr. Suzanne Reiffel was one of the feature presenters at the Annual Spring Luncheon of the Auxiliary of White Plains Hospital Center, in White Plains, New York. Looking Good and Feeling Good. Dr. Reiffel spoke on “Worry and Worrry Fighting Tools”.

May 5th, 2010

Times Square NY Car Bomb Threat Can Scare Children

This time the terrorist threat had a good outcome thanks to the quick actions of many New York heroes from regular citizens to law enforcement. While we are breathing a sigh of relief, the recent car bomb threat in Times Square can trigger nagging questions in the minds of children and teens.

Kids may be wondering, Am I safe? My family goes to NY all the time. I’ve seen the Lion King. That was right near the car with the bomb. What if this happened where I live? Today’s kids and teens worry about safety and security frequently since it directly impacts their lives. This can stir up feelings of anxiety in children.

If your child is worried about this recent threat or what might happen in the future, there is an emotional first aid kit now available to directly address these concerns. The Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids, developed by experts, for all children in grades K-12, includes 20 powerful strategies to fight worried thoughts about terrorism and other scary possibilities. In just one week, the anti-anxiety activities for children and teens teach them to become experts in stopping worried thoughts from getting out of control. The Tool Kit can help kids master the most effective thinking and behaving tools to stop imagining terrifying outcomes, think in accurate and realistic ways, understand the concept of probability, and use their minds and bodies to stop worries in their tracks.

We applaud the intelligent and swift actions of all our heroes behind the scenes who foiled this latest terrorist plan. See how the Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit can help children and families control worried thoughts and fears of terrorism.

May 2nd, 2010

Do You Have A Child Who Worries About Death?

Do you have a child who worries about death? This can be very distressing for parents. At times, many children worry about dying and often can’t get it out of their minds. This is not an uncommon worry today, in part due to the child’s own vulnerabilities as well as exposure to all kinds of media. Kids and teens worry about their own death or the death of a loved one, even when no one is ill. Yet they are still afraid.

Fear of dying can cause anxiety in children and can be triggered by something they have seen or heard, as well as their own internal thoughts. Oftentimes, thoughts about death intensify at night and interfere with everyone’s sleep. Many parents want to help their children with this fear. Excessive reassurance does little to quell the fear. At first, many parents may react with sympathy and understanding, but as time goes on, this can develop into a battle, with the child constantly seeking reassurance that no one in the family will die.

There is an effective method to help children and teens control their worry and lower their fears. On the very first day of using The Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids, they can learn strong strategies to stop anxious thoughts from getting out of control. The Tool Kit includes powerful anti-anxiety activities that help children think accurately and realistically, essential to blocking repeated thoughts about death. Our signature tool, The Popcorn Tool, uses the best thinking strategy to finally put an end to worries about situations that are very unlikely to happen. Children who have frequent thoughts about death are actually practicing negative thinking and imagining terrifying events that are highly improbable. The Popcorn Tool as well as others in the Tool Kit teaches them how to immediately stop practicing these negative thoughts. The Worry Tool Kit, designed for young people in grades K-12, uses an appealing, original format that children find comforting, fun, and easy to learn. All the strategies and activities for children and teens can be learned in just one week. With practice, they will know how to outsmart one of the scariest fears that haunt many children.