I have always had a love of nature. As a child, I spent summers hunting insects with a butterfly net, often wading through long grass or through my local brook after stickleback with my sister. In school I loved learning about nature; geography and science were my favourite subjects. I went on to study Environmental Science at Manchester Uni then volunteered with the Wildlife Trust moving on to environmental consultancy, conducting habitat surveys and helping to protect species like bats and newts. I have worked as a teaching assistant and also did teacher training.
When we feel anxious or panicky, our brain freezes and we lose the ability to think straight. We go into fight or flight. To help free up our brains and soothe ourselves down, it can be useful to take a moment and use our senses to just be.
Do you look around and see the people looking confident or doing amazing things that you wish you could do but never had the guts. One of the definitions of confidence is believing in yourself and it is gained in a whole number of ways. This week is the start of Childrens Mental Health Week and the theme this year is Find Your Brave. Becoming confident is about taking some brave steps forward.
Many of us have anxiety and many of us have been through something traumatic. No matter what age you are you can adapt this exercise to suit you and help you soothe you. It is called your special place. It should take about 10-15 minutes. Choose somewhere quiet and comfortable and practice this everyday. It is a form of mindfulness so keep up the practice for a good six months at least.Many children I see, practice this exercise after school or after tea as it's a nice wind down activity. Have a go see what you think!
Many children have trouble going into school because of anxiety and low mood. For many, school can be overwhelming. They may feel as If they don’t fit in, they have trouble relating to a teacher, they worry about exams, speaking in front of the class or feel anxious about leaving their family. Here are 5 tips that school can use to help your child gradually build up the confidence to go back to school.
If you want some good advice on the best approach to take when your child is frightened or worried, then From Timid to Tiger is for you.
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