SOL 3b (2016) #bcpvpa Anxiety Reminder

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:

Build relationships

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


For educators:

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:

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Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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2 Responses to SOL 3b (2016) #bcpvpa Anxiety Reminder

  1. Stacey K says:

    Was the presenter Dr. Kristen Buhr? Because this sounds very much like a presentation she gave here earlier this year. She did 3 presentations here this year: for students, educators and parents. Excellent speaker.

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