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.
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!
Bedtime is a trigger for many kids. Unlike the rest of the day, bedtime is a time in which children are expected to be alone. In addition, bedtime is often when children slow down and tune into themselves and reflect on their day; as a result, this may be when they express concerns and worries or exhibit separation anxiety. Fears about going to bed, worries that seem only to appear at bedtime, attempts to sleep with parents, and pleas for a parent to stay until they fall asleep are common.
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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