Everyone has feelings of anxiety which is normal and part of being a human being. However, in certain situations anxiety can become more intense and when this happens, we experience the Flight, Freeze or Fight sensation. This is our body protecting us and keeping us safe
There are 2 very important things to always remember
It is not your fault that sometimes you feel overwhelmed by your anxiety and that it will pass
Sometimes the feeling is so terrible we can worry that we might not survive it BUT we always do.
What are the signs of anxiety in children?
When young children feel anxious, they cannot always understand or express what they are feeling. You may notice that they:
become irritable, tearful or clingy
have difficulty sleeping
wake in the night
start wetting the bed
have bad dreams
In older children you may notice that they:
lack confidence to try new things or seem unable to face simple, everyday challenges
find it hard to concentrate
have problems with sleeping or eating
have angry outbursts
have a lot of negative thoughts, or keep thinking that bad things are going to happen
start avoiding everyday activities, such as seeing friends, going out in public or going to school
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Book Recommendations for supporting Children
There are hundreds of books available for anxiety but the following have been found useful by other parents
Kids can do amazing things with the right information. Understanding why anxiety feels the way it does and where the physical symptoms come from is a powerful step in turning anxiety around. Anxiety explained, kids empowered. Key themes of: anxiety, self-care and positivity.
by Karen Young
The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children
This fun, easy-to-read and fully illustrated storybook will inspire children who experience anxiety. Parents and carers will like the helpful introduction, explaining anxiety in children, and the list of techniques for lessening anxiety at the end of the book.
by K.I. Al-Ghani