Anxiety is a normal, biological response to scary situations, it has kept humans alive for thousands of years. That little 'internal alarm' goes off when we need to run (flight), stay still (freeze) or fight; these are sometimes known as the 3 F's. We can also go into other modes in these situations such as 'submit' or 'flop'.
This internal alarm is great, but just like a smoke alarm, sometimes it can go off for a bit of burnt toast instead of a fire.
Anxiety isn't an easy sensation to experience but the more we understand it, the better we get at re-setting our alarm.
We can also get anxiety mixed up with other emotions such as worry or overwhelm, the more we learn about emotions the more we discover what they feel like, why we feel them and find ways to sit with them until the moment has passed.
At Bridge the Gap we help parents and children learn more about anxiety and other emotions. We do this through private 1:1 support, parent and child sessions, creative expressive therapies, ACT therapy and small group sessions. We can deliver these both online and in person at our family wellbeing hub.
There are plenty of free resources on this website to help you as well s videos on our Facebook groups and YouTube channel.
Videos to watch together
Age 5 +
Age 12 +
49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious ChildFrom the amazing team at Gozen.com - 49 alternatives to 'fix it' statements.
When I feel Worried Activity SheetAn activity, colouring sheet to help children to explore where they feel worry and anxiety.
When I feel Worried Activity Sheetlp your child to explore where and how they feel their anxiety and worry.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 GroundingHelp children to support this grounding strategy in a proactive way, this helps them to be able to access it in times of crisis.
Actual or Future Based WorryHelping children to understand what kind of worry they have helps them to understand if they can problem solve it or need to utilise a coping strategy.