Sometimes I'm Anxious: A Child's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety

Sometimes I'm Anxious: A Child's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety


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Does your child seem to worry often?

Perhaps they have frequent stomach aches, or are irritable, tearful, angry, or withdrawn?

Do they have problems concentrating or show a loss of enthusiasm for their usual interests?

These could all be signs that your child is struggling with anxiety.

This practical guide combines proven cognitive-behavioral therapy methods used by child psychologists in schools with simple activities to help your child overcome anxiety. It’s perfect for children ages 8 to 12 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s emotional well-being, not just now but for years to come.

Your child will be guided, with the help of Fiz—a friendly and supportive character they can identify with—through fun and engaging activities interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements, and practical information for parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510747487
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 69,714
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Poppy O'Neill runs a writers’ retreat in Portsmouth. Her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies, and her flash fiction has been long-listed for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Bristol Prize. She resides in Chichester, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction: A guide for parents and carers 8

How to use this book 8

Signs of anxiety 9

Talking it over 10

Getting started 11

How to use this book: A guide for children 12

Introducing Fiz the monster 13

Part I What is Anxiety? 14

Activity: All about me! 15

What are feelings? 18

Why do we feel worried? 21

Activity: How does Fiz feel? 25

What does anxiety feel like? 26

What do kids worry about? 27

Activity: My worries 31

Panic attacks 35

Part 2 Dealing with Worries 37

Activity: Happy brain/worried brain 38

Listen to your body and mind 41

The anxiety hill 43

Activity: Handprint breathing 44

Activity: My battle cry! 46

Activity: Count it out 49

How big is my problem? 50

Activity: My day 52

The big wide world 55

Things that go bump in the night 56

Knowledge is power 57

Why do we tell scary stories? 58

Keep a diary 60

Activity: Help Fiz feel better 61

Thoughts, feelings and actions 62

Thinking errors 65

Part 3 Solving the Problem 67

Fact or opinion? 68

Activity: Facts about me 69

Thoughts aren't facts 72

Work it out! 75

Activity: What does your worry look like? 79

Talk to your worry 80

Understanding your worries 82

Activity: My worry jar 87

Activity: I'm brave! 90

Letting go 91

Fatima's bravery plan 93

Face your fears 94

Joe's bravery plan 96

Activity: My bravery plan 98

Part 4 Looking after Yourself 100

What do you do to relax? 101

What is tension? 104

Activity: Squeezy nose breathing 104

Appearances 106

Activity: Mirror, mirror 107

Love your body 110

Keep healthy 111

Activity: Sleep 112

Part 5 Friendships and Bullying 114

What makes a true friend? 115

What does bullying look like? 117

You're not alone 117

We are all different! 119

Activity: Love your differences! 120

My perfect friend…? 123

Activity: I'm grateful for 123

Part 6 What Next? 130

Activity: My anxiety action plan 131

You're not the only one 134

The end 137

For parents: How to help your child deal with anxiety 138

Further advice 140

Recommended reading 141

Credits 141

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