- Anxiety can be a thought (mental) or feeling (physical) that can feel very scary.
- Anxiety is actually not dangerous and can sometimes be helpful in certain situations.
- Everybody experiences anxious feelings sometimes, it is a normal.
Just like adults, children and young people feel worried and anxious at times.
What makes children anxious?
Children and Young people can feel anxious about different things at different ages. Many of these worries are a normal part of growing up.
Anxiety becomes a problem for children when it starts to get in the way of their everyday life. Severe anxiety like this can harm your mental and emotional wellbeing, affecting your self-esteem and confidence. You may become withdrawn and go to great lengths to avoid things or situations that make you feel anxious.
- Starting a new school
- Starting a new class
- Leaving school at the end of year 11
- Growing up
- Having no friends
- Having a new baby sister or brother
- Mum and dad separating
- A pet dying
- A family member dying
- Standing up in front of the class and talking
- A older brother or sister leaving home and moving away
These are a few examples. There are many many more……………..
Signs of Anxiety
When you feel anxious, you cannot always understand or express what you are feeling. You may:
- 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 you:
- 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
Ms Hooton’s Useful Tips:
- Speak to your parents/carers
- Speak to your teachers or a trusted adult
- Speak to your friends
- Practise Yoga or Yogacise
- Practice Mindfulness and breathing techniques that work for you
- Listen to your favourite music
- Listen to a Podcast
- Read a book
- Mindfulness colouring
- Walk the dog
- Bake a cake
- Do something nice for someone.
- Go out with friends
- Any activity that you enjoy and makes you feel happy
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