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 as videos on our Facebook groups and YouTube channel.
Supporting an Anxious Child Webinar
A pre-recorded session is available to watch now here.
Videos to watch together
Age 5 +
Age 12 +
An opportunity for children to explore the fight response with their trusted adult.
A sheet to help children explore the freeze response with their trusted adult.
An activity for a child to complete with their trusted adult.
Information and activities to support young people.
A worksheet for children and young people to help them to understand their worry.
Anxiety explained and ideas to help.
From the amazing team at Gozen.com - 49 alternatives to 'fix it' statements.
An activity, colouring sheet to help children to explore where they feel worry and anxiety.
lp your child to explore where and how they feel their anxiety and worry.