Everyone worries about something at some time. As we get older we learn how to cope with our anxious thoughts. Our emotions affect our feelings and our emotional health has an effect on our ability to learn. It is important that children learn to recognise when they are worried, to know how to find help and be able to manage their feelings of anxiety.
Learning to stop, and focus on your breathing can be one way of handling stress and anxiety. Mindfulness exercises may help. Being able to talk to someone about your feelings can also help.
There are ideas on the following websites to help your child learn strategies for dealing with anxiety:
https://childhood101.com/fun-breathing-exercises-for-kids/ This website has breathing technique cards that can be printed out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7g8Atv27Q8 - A video with useful relaxation strategies
Coping with Anxiety – Secondary School Health and Well-Being Bulleting
The feeling of anxiety has been described with many different words: Stress, worry, fear, panic, angst, edginess, jumpiness, the shakes, freaking out – just to name a few;
Everybody experiences anxiety in one form or the other – your own experience will depend on: Genetics, Brain Chemistry, Life events, Personality;
There are two ways to manage anxiety. The first is by practicing prevention (relaxation techniques, practised on a regular base like meditation). The second is by practicing intervention at the time you feel your anxiety level rising (you perform techniques to help you calm down and manage the situation)
Here are some techniques that can help you:
What`s the worst that could happen
For more information check: “The anxiety workbook for teens”
Recommended books from the Secondary Library
Anxiety can make everything seem unmanageable - from dealing with family and friends to managing schoolwork and extracurricular activities.
'My Anxious Mind' helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process.
Megan invites readers to learn about anxiety from her perspective, helping them to understand why she sometimes feels anxious and how this affects her thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Megan talks about techniques she has learnt to help manage her anxiety, and how people around her can help.
With honest insights about her own social anxiety and a healthy dose of humour, award-winning blogger Claire Eastham describes what social anxiety is, why it happens, and how you can lessen its effects with lifestyle choices, talking therapies or even a hug from your favourite canine friend!