Day 107 (of 185) talking anxiety
My Slideshow: anxiety-vernon
The video clip from Man of Steel that helps illustrate what an anxious moment can feel like (and these moments can occur frequently!) can be found here: http://www.nsh.sd83.bc.ca/man%20of%20steel%20anxiety%20clip.mov
Tonight I had an opportunity from the Vernon Montessori Society to give a talk on Anxiety. I always appreciate the opportunity to talk Anxiety because I strongly believe that the more we talk about mental wellness and issues such as anxiety, the more normalized the “process” can be.
It was a great audience. And I don’t just mean “laughing in the right places”, I mean they felt comfortable asking questions along the way – it wasn’t just the “sage on the stage talking & leaving” but some very tough, detailed questions asked along the way…..including some very difficult questions about what to do when either schools or homes aren’t “ready” to help learners through anxiety – because it is difficult. It takes time (which there is never enough of) and it takes a team (which may be stretched within the school) but I never say that working with Mental Wellness/Anxiety is easy…..but it is worth it.
I appreciate the stories that were shared…the concerns that were raised….and most of all thank everyone who came out because it was clear that they want to help make a difference in someones (including their own) world….and the power and importance of relationships cannot be over-appreciated. For 100 people to come out in the middle of the week to hear one principals approach to working with learners with anxiety…..sometimes descriptive words can be hard to find….!