SOL 3b (2016) #bcpvpa Anxiety Reminder
Use celebrities as intro to who works w mental wellness – Identify which celebrities work with and work through issues on their way to success.
Also why things like anxiety are normal and meant for us to happen – keeps us safe (panic et al is about moving oxygen to where it is needed for “flight”) – but when that happens, their brain is not able to do other things (like math) – when being chased by a bear….body does what it needs to do (urge to “lighten load” or run or tremble or….)
Sufferers Need to know: doesn’t go forever. The body runs out of gas. It will end. It isn’t forever.
Three options: flight freeze fight
Intrusive thoughts – everyone has them (obsessions) but when they are misinterpreted (as could actually happen) that can become very intense. Feel their thoughts are facts….and so often they’re not. You may think about driving off a cliff….but you wouldn’t….right?
Trauma also an understated causation. PTSD re-experience flashbacks. Not predictable what may trigger a memory.
If kids (parents) are in survival mode….learning ain’t happening
How to help them tolerate uncertainties. There are no certainties – neither absolutely worse case scenario or over-amazing – almost always somewhere in the middle
Coaching helps – esp using self-compassion “what would you say to a friend” – probably not a negative rant….or a score /10….
Always encourage students to experiment – try different things to see if it helps you feel better. (but remember that alcohol is a depressant and drugs like marijuana can escalate side effects like paranoia….neither has a positive long-term effect and impact)
Ways In To Work With Anxiety:
Empathize, normalize, validate
Work together – what can “we” do
Language (stress vs anxiety)
Focus on current coping and supports
Plant seeds and point towards resources
Encourage students to try out some strategies
No hard fast rules for success for all
Develop a plan WITH students
Work towards a specific goal
Step forward regardless of the size (but smaller better)
Be willing to modify the plan (plan things – even w teacher pre plan a Q for success)
Expect ups and downs (there will be steps back)
Don’t reinforce avoidance
Provide opportunities to face fears and doable steps
Great reminder to my own work and thinking around anxiety!!
And of course, my infamous Rant on Anxiety: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/day-150-of-188-my-anxiety-rant-edited-continued-blog4mh-anxiety/