As a parent of a worrier, and also a natural born worrier myself, I’m a collector of ideas and strategies to better manage anxieties and worries. Fortunately, as a child my young worrier didn’t allow her anxieties to prevent her from participating in sporting, learning, social or leisure activities inside or outside school.
She did, however, spend a lot of time worrying about how little everyday things would pan out, almost to the point of being sick at times. She was a micro-manager who always made sure she had every angle covered in an unfamiliar or new situation. For instance, if she was to be picked up from a friend’s birthday party she’d always have a back up plan in case a parent wouldn’t arrive in time to take her home! ‘Being prepared for every contingency’ was one of her main strategies to help alleviate her worries.
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