Anxiety is a common reaction to stressful or new situations. It’s our body’s way of letting us know when to be on guard as part of our ‘fight or flight’ response. Depending on the situation you’re facing, anxiety can feel like slight nervousness through to a racing heart and excessive sweating. Most of the time these feelings come and go, and don’t last long. But these feelings can become a problem if they persist and prevent us from doing things that are important to us.
Just as with adults, it is normal for children to experience feelings of anxiety as they navigate life’s ups and downs. This suite of resources aims to help parents and caregivers understand when the children and young people in their lives need some extra support to manage these feelings, and offer practical parenting strategies for what you can do at home. We also provide information on accessing professional support when required to help your child enjoy all that life has to offer.