Feeling anxious is something I don’t like feeling. It’s a true emotion, but sometimes it leaves me feeling helpless. And to be honest, I see signs of anxiety in a 6 YO student of mine. So I reached out to Katrina Niere, MS, LMFT for healthy ways we can combat anxiety, stress, and worry. Above are 10 activities she gave us, specifically tailored for kids. Click here to download and print a copy. And you don't have to be a kid to use them. I know. I've used some tips already!


Another way to talk about fear is reading an excellent book about fear itself. Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna is a superb choice. It follows the story of an immigrant girl in her new country. As she adjusts to her new home, Fear (personified as an Imaginary Friend) holds her back from making new friends and learning her new culture. She copes by eating. Eventually, can't sleep at night. She is so lonely. Until one day, a boy in her class shows her a picture he drew. They become friends and Fear grows smaller and smaller, But Fear doesn't disappear. In fact, she soon discovers that everyone has fear - even you and me. 


A little side note about this book: "Last year Francesca was offered a grant from the University of London to join their research group, focusing on the topics of immigration, the refugee crisis and the effects on children. She partnered with The Center for Internationalism and worked in schools in London, surveying over 200 children of mixed citizenships about their likes, dislikes, and fears. What she found was that wherever the child was from, either born down the road, or recently arrived in the country, they had similar fears. The fear of being rejected by a group and fear of new things (going to a new school, the first day of school, learning hard topics, spelling, etc.) was the most prevalent in all children.

This was the inspiration for her new book which confronts what comes after a child has made it to a new home and is facing the challenges of a new country, a new language, and a new school. In the book, "Fear" is personified and easily identifiable. This concept helps children understand fear as tangible and changeable, with the goal to identify universal feelings, and encourage acceptance, compassion, kindness, and inspire bravery."