I wanted to sleep with a bat under my pillow. It was plastic; nonetheless, it was a weapon. I was 5 years old, and I firmly believed that each night when I went to sleep, a robber would break into the house. I needed something to defend myself (and maybe my family), and my brother’s… Read more!
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Imagine, you are driving in the car. You look in the rearview mirror and see your child trying to shrink into her seat. “What’s wrong?” you ask. “I don’t want to go to the birthday party.” “But you’ve been excited all week. There will be cake and games and a bounce house. You love all… Read more!
As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning routine explodes into a daunting challenge. You look… Read more!
“It’s thin,” she said with a barely perceptible crack in her voice. I was on the phone with Jilly, my best friend from high school. Her voice always cracked a bit right before she was going to cry. We’d both been anxiously awaiting responses to the college applications we’d sent out earlier that year. Before… Read more!
“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” (Photo Credit: Levent Konuk / Shutterstock.com) My favorite movies of all time come from the original Star Wars trilogy. Growing… Read more!
I’m such an idiot! I can’t believe I locked the keys in the car. What am I going to do now? How am I going to get home? I can’t even call my husband because my phone’s in the car and my purse!! I’m totally stuck. I have no idea what to do. I am… Read more!
Sixth grade history was a tough subject for me. Anytime Mr. Brown asked a question, I desperately averted my eyes or doodled in my notebook to look busy. Once in a while he called on me anyway. That triggered my anxiety: “What if I get the answer wrong?” “What if everyone laughs at me?” “What… Read more!
Kids have anxious thoughts all the time… “I’m going to fail math and never get into college.” “I’m totally screwing up this speech right now, and everyone knows it.” “What if I don’t get asked to the dance? I’ll be humiliated for life.” Research shows us that anxious thoughts are often blown out of proportion,… Read more!
Sometimes the words of others are all we need to soothe, motivate, inspire, or empower our soul.
Do you ever get angry at yourself for feeling anxious? Beating yourself up for feeling anxious only multiplies the misery. This is #3 on the list of 5 ways of coping with anxiety that can actually make it worse. Check it out along with some great alternatives for effectively managing worry. This infographic was made in partnership with Megan Bruneau,… Read more!
Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to breathing exercises. Check out these ancient yogic breathing and visualization techniques that kids big and small can learn to relieve stress.
Music can soothe the soul as well as stress and anxiety. Try one of these five ways to integrate music into your child’s life:
Psychotherapist, Amy Morin, says, “Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous.” This infographic is based on a wonderful article written by Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of… Read more!
We all know body language has a subconscious effect on how others perceive us, but did you know it also affects how we think about ourselves? It turns out that helping your kids feel more confident and powerful—emotionally, behaviorally, and physiologically—could be as simple as a change in posture. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy demonstrates through… Read more!
Some of the best advice I ever received to help relieve my anxiety was to bring my worry to life. Counterintuitive, right? Here’s the thing: most kids know when they feel anxious because things are not quite right (funny tummy, sweaty palms, muddled thoughts, etc.). But with all these feelings going on, sometimes it’s hard… Read more!
By Sarah D. Pressman Exam stress is unavoidable. We know that every year—at the end of the academic term– millions of college students around the world start gearing up for their least favorite educational activity: Finals. While exams are unavoidable, the negative wellbeing consequences of super-stressful exam periods can be stopped (or at least diminished)… Read more!
A true inspirational story contributed by a community member. When I was a little girl, no more than nine years old, I was constantly in a state of anxiety. Everything in the world around me was cause for worry. New people and unfamiliar places can cause anyone some degree of anxiety, but mine was far… Read more!
There are so many things that cause anxiety for children: a new place, new people, a stressor like the start of the school year, or an upcoming exam. Divorce, peer pressure, over-scheduled days, making a decision… they can all trigger anxiety in your child. In fact, about 25 percent of children ages 13 to 18… Read more!