Helping Children With Anxiety
Here is an excerpt from a pretty interesting article about understanding and dealing with your child's anxiety:
"What’s important to know is that the pathway between the feelings part and the thinking part [of your brain] can always be strengthened. Each cell along the pathway is able to grow 15,000 new branches to help it to connect to the cells beside it. The stronger the connection between the cells, the stronger the path. Every time you do something that helps you move through your anxiety, such as breathing or mindfulness, the cells grow new branches that connect them to the cells beside them, and the pathway is strengthened. It’s like weightlifting for your brain! Like any exercising any muscle – the more you do it the stronger you’ll get."
Helping Children With Anxiety: What to Say to Children Who Are Anxious
Creating Hope for Your Future
Stop feeding your mind thoughts about the past. Forgive those who have done you wrong and forgive yourself too. Start seeding thoughts and actions which will lead to a happier tomorrow.
Don't let the darkness of your past block the light of joy in your present. WHAT HAPPENED IS DONE! Stop giving time to things that no longer exist when there is so much joy in the here and now.
If you want to be sad, live in the past. If you want to be anxious, live in the future. If you want to be peaceful, live in the now.
What are the most powerful words in the universe? The ones you use to talk to yourself!
Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving someone makes them obsolete.
Choose to live each day directed by love and purpose not fear and wounds.
Offer to the world what you want to attract. If you want love, offer love to everyone you meet. Become what it is you feel is missing in your life.
You're more than the mistakes you've made. You are the wisdom, strength, compassion and growth you've gained from all you've been through.
Being positive in a challenging situation is a sign of wisdom and character.
Consciously choosing your thoughts allows you to be in control of your mind and emotional state-instead of the other way round!
Don't believe everything you think!
Every thought we think is creating our future.
We wouldn't pay to watch the same painful movie two hundred and fifty times, but somehow, we allow our mind to replay the same bad memory over and over, each time experiencing the same distress and shame.
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. At some point, you just have to let go in order to move forward.
The worst bullies you will ever encounter in your life are your own thoughts.
Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
The way we treat people we strongly disagree with is a report card on what we've learned about compassion and kindness.
Needless drama doesn't just walk into your life out of nowhere-you either create it, invite it or associate with those who bring it.
Sometimes you have to tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up!
People are desperate for a solution as long as they don't have to do anything, change anything, or spend anything.
Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out at once. Breathe. You're strong. You got this. Take it day by day.
Integrity is choosing courage over comfort. It's choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy. It's choosing to practice your values rather than simply professing them.
You cannot force someone to comprehend a message that they are not ready to receive. Still, you must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.