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  • AnxietyBC, Realistic Thinking: Realistic Thinking means looking at all aspects of a situation (the positive, the negative, and the neutral) before making conclusions. In other words, realistic thinking means looking at yourself, others, and the world in a balanced and fair way.
  • Thoughts and Feelings resource
  • What am I Thinking resource
  • AnxietyBC, Healthy Thinking for Younger Children: In general, anxious children think differently than other children. For example, they can easily come up with 101 ways that things can go wrong! They also tend to see the world as more threatening and dangerous. If a parent is late coming home, an anxious child may think “Mom got in a car accident!” What your child says to himself or herself is called “self-talk”. Anxious children tend to have negative or anxious self-talk.
  • Thinking Traps: List of thinking traps along with examples.
  • Challenge Negative Thinking: List of questions to ask yourself to help challenge your negative thoughts or self-talk.
  • Resource: How do you feel anxiety in your body?
  • Resources: Chester The Cat Feels anxious
  • AnxietyBC, Helping Your Child Face Fears: An important step in helping your child manage irrational fears involves facing feared situations or places. It is normal for children and teens to wantto avoid the things they fear. However, avoidance prevents them from learning that feared situations or places are not dangerous.
  • AnxietyBC, How to do Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Progressive Muscle Relaxation teaches you how to relax your muscles through a twostep process. First, you systematically tense particular muscle groups in your body, such as your neck and shoulders. Next, you release the tension and notice how your muscles feel when you relax them. This exercise will help you to lower your overall tension and stress levels, and help you relax when you are feeling anxious. It can also help reduce physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches, as well as improve your sleep.
  • Resource: This STOP Plan is for: Step 1: Scared, Step 2: Thoughts, Step 3: Other Helpful Thoughts, Step 3: Praise and Plan!
  • Anxiety - Resource for Youth: List of anxiety websites, toolkits, books, videos, and support services for youth.
  • Your Emotional Thermometer: Imagine a thermometer marked from 0-10. The highest number 10, represents the most anxious you have ever felt, 0 is the calmest, and 5 represents midway. This is your anxiety thermometer.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Easy-to-Read)
  • When Tests Make You Nervous: Today's the day of a big test at school, and you feel awful. Your stomach hurts and you have a headache. Maybe your muscles feel tense and you feel shaky or sweaty. You know you haven't been bitten by the flu bug — but you may have a case of the jitters, also known as test anxiety.
  • Taking your child to a doctor for a mental health problem is as important as visiting a doctor for an ear infection or broken arm. Finding a health professional that you and your child can work with—and who makes you both feel comfortable—is critical.
  • Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias: Everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, experiences anxieties and fears at one time or another. Feeling anxious in a particularly uncomfortable situation never feels very good. However, with kids, such feelings are not only normal, they're also necessary. Dealing with anxieties can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging situations of life.
  • Facing your fears: An important step in managing anxiety involves facing feared situations, places or objects. It is normal to want to avoid the things you fear. However, avoidance prevents you from learning that the things you fear are not as dangerous as you think. The process of facing fears is called EXPOSURE.



  • Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety is really just a form of stress. It can be experienced in many different ways — physically, emotionally, and in the way people view the world around them. Anxiety mainly relates to worry about what might happen — worrying about things going wrong or feeling like you're in some kind of danger.
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