nurturing the best possible start

Managing Anxiety


Managing Anxiety


Babies thrive in low stress environments. New parents are typically a little nervous and can experience some anxiety. Babies can cope with this. However, 15% of the population are highly anxious parents. They likely did not experience secure attachment with their own parents when they were babies and often absorbed their parents' anxiety. Highly self-critical parents (perfectionists) can also be anxious. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome anxiety through mindfulness training, which begins with breath awareness practice. Strengthening the mind can lower anxiety. Mindfulness has other advantages. It can strengthen the immune system and build resilience. Learning to be present creates happiness. Dr. Siegel encourages viewers to learn more on his website

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia
We thank the Victoria Foundation for their support
Vancouver FoundationWe acknowledge the financial support of the Vancouver Foundation

The content of KidCareCanada videos is informed by current research and shared by experts in the field. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating, and is NOT a substitute for professional care.

If you (or someone you know) has thoughts of doing self-harm, or harm to a baby or anyone else, please call to speak with a trained crisis worker. Local Crisis Helpline numbers can be found through a Google Search.  In British Columbia, Canada you can call Mental Health Support (BC-wide) at 310-6789 or you can call the North American line 1 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
In ANY crisis, your local emergency number is another option and it is always available. Use 911 in North America, 999 in the UK or, if you're elsewhere, use the emergency number for your area.