Worry and anxiety are part of our world. Trying to get rid of these uncomfortable feelings can actually make them worse. Naturally, we want to feel better so we turn to forms of coping that will eliminate the negative feelings. As a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders for adults and children, Lynn Lyons recommends adopting a new framework for stress and worry. Instead of trying to get rid of these feelings in ourselves and kids, she suggests we should expect to feel uncertain and uncomfortable at times. In this episode Lynn Lyons talks about how protective factors like parenting style, meaningful connection with others, and mentoring opportunities can impact how we regulate our emotions, problem solve and tolerate uncomfortable feelings.
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Waypoint: A counseling service that offers a variety of services to support and strengthen young families including the free Family Support Warm Line (800-640-6480) where you can talk to a family support professional about things like coping strategies, child behaviors, family dynamics, household management and emotional distress.
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