Think of the last time you felt anxious. Whether you were dreading an upcoming work presentation, worrying about finances, or thinking about an impending doctor’s appointment, you likely experienced an urge to avoid the stressor in some way, perhaps by procrastinating, thinking about something else, or putting off the appointment. Avoiding anxiety provoking situations is a hard-wired human instinct that can be very helpful at times, such as keeping us from walking down an isolated dark alley alone at night. However, avoidance can also be a slippery slope-particularly when it is a child’s primary way of coping with worry.
We all have cloudy days when challenges roll in, but some people seem to move through them more easily than others. People who adapt well to stress, recover quickly from challenges, and are even strengthened by difficult circumstances are called resilient.
Encourage Your Shy Child
At Magination Press Family, you’ll find a wealth of books to help you communicate with children and teenagers about issues of anxiety and stress. Explore the collection for helpful titles that offer practical, kid-friendly coping strategies to manage anxiety, such as Blossom Plays Possum by Birdy Jones, which offers cognitive-behavioral strategies to help your child cope with shyness.
Everyone feels anxious sometimes. It’s very normal. In fact, anxiety has a useful purpose in our lives; it keeps us safe. When we’re anxious, our bodies set off a reaction called the flight-or-flight response, and this causes changes in our bodies… faster heartbeat, trembling hands, shallow breathing, focused thinking. These changes help us act quickly when we need to, to protect ourselves -like staying away from a wild animal!
Managing Stress &
Anxiety in Kids:
A Resource Guide
Anxiety disorders affect up to 15 percent of children at some point during their formative years.
On this site, The American Psychological Association and Magination Press provide practical information and useful tools for parents, educators, and other caregivers confronting these issues. Here you’ll find resources recommended by the experts at APA, including a catalog of books published by Magination Press that address stress and anxiety in a kid-friendly manner.
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