High school is a time of fun, excitement, growth, and change. For many teens, however, high school is also a time of tremendous stress. High schoolers must grapple with increased academic expectations, social pressures, executive function demands, romantic relationships, and decisions about their futures–all with a brain that is still developing and a body full of hormones! For teens prone to anxiety, high school can feel like a pressure cooker.
Children, even at early ages, can benefit from developing resiliency as a means of addressing anxious thoughts and behaviors. Resiliency means learning to bounce back when we face challenging times. It means that a child can eventually realize that he or she can survive, and even thrive, despite encountering difficult situations.
School is a critical place of learning, development, socialization, and fun; however, for many children school can be a perfect storm of stressors. The average school day requires a child to separate from their parents, interact with potentially judgmental peers, face academic worries, speak in front of others, and tolerate being trapped in a busy, school building, among many other potential stressors! For anxious children, the school day can feel like a minefield full of challenging obstacles to overcome.
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