Coping with anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear that is experienced as a combination of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings.
All children and young people feel worried sometimes, and this is a normal part of growing up. At certain points, such as on their first day of school or before an exam, young people may become more worried, but will soon be able to calm down and feel better.
Anxiety can become a problem when a young person feels stuck in it, or when it feels like an overwhelming, distressing or unmanageable experience. If this kind of worrying goes on for a long time, it can leave a young person feeling exhausted and isolated, and limit the things they feel able to do.
We can support young people in our setting by using our 5 tier system of support and by working together with parents and carers, young people can overcome and manage their anxieties. This often takes time, commitment and practice. In this guide from Young Minds you can learn more about helping your child to manage their anxiety.
If your child is struggling with anxiety, there are things you can do to help them – including providing emotional support, working on practical strategies together and finding the right professional help if they need it. Use this link to access a guide and videos for parents if your child is struggling with worry or anxiety.