Many children will experience anxiety during their development. Some anxiety can be a good thing, for instance it heightens our awareness to our surroundings and can help us focus in a crisis on actions to keep us safe. However, larger amounts of anxiety or ongoing anxiety can do the opposite, making it difficult to focus or chose an action. Anxiety can be an intense emotional and physical feeling which can immobilize our thoughts, feelings and actions.
Below are some articles that can help give us tools as caregivers to both manage our own anxiety and to help our children manage theirs.
The goal is not feel anxious, it's to learn how to best deal with it when it comes up for you or your child. Just like physical exercise, these techniques take practice and you may be able to do some better than others. We are always learning and this is a judgement free zone!