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How can parents help their CHILDREN MANAGE PRE-RACE ANXIETY?

Tip 1: Encourage Preparation and Practice: Help your child prepare mentally and physically for the race. This could include practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, and going over the race course and logistics. The more prepared she feels, the less anxious she may be.

Tip 2: Establish a Calming Pre-Race Routine: Develop a calming pre-race routine that helps your child relax and focus. This could include listening to calming music, practicing visualization exercises, or engaging in calming activities such as coloring or journaling.

Tip 3: Encourage Positive Self-Talk: Help your child practice positive self-talk to replace negative thoughts with positive and encouraging ones. Remind them of their past successes and achievements, and encourage focus on their strengths and abilities rather than weaknesses or fears.

Tip 4: Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle: Ensure that your child is getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in regular physical activity. A healthy lifestyle can help reduce anxiety and improve overall mental and emotional well-being.

Tip 5: Provide Emotional Support: Be there for your child emotionally, offering a listening ear and a supportive presence. Encourage them to express their feelings and validate them, while also helping to identify and challenge any unhelpful or irrational thoughts. Remember to maintain empathy, active listening, and confidentiality in your interactions with your child.

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