Chaos in my head

A story about dealing with anxiety in children age 8 to 12

Zoe worries a lot, about everything. About school, what other children think of her, about death.... And that can be very tiring. But she doesn’t give up, and tries to cope with her thoughts. And teaches tricks that are useful for her to the reader. The tricks do not make all her worries go away, but she learns how she can get more control over her thoughts, and that feels good!

Themes:

  • General anxiety and worrying (about death, performing, peers, etc)
  • Coping with anxiety in children (6 tricks to cope with worrying)
  • Learning to balance your thoughts and to feel more in control

Description

Zoe is the heroine of this story (children age 8-12). Her head is always full of thoughts. That's not a problem when she thinks about all the good things in her life. But she also worries - a lot - about everything. She worries about school, she is anxious about what other children think of her, she worries about death and about her parents. And that can be very tiring.

But Zoe doesn't give up. She tries to cope with her thoughts, and teaches the reader a variety of tricks to deal with worrying. For instance; trying to distract yourself, talking about it with others, and trying to change the thoughts into funny thoughts. The tricks don't make all her worries go away, but it does get more manageable, and that feels good!

References:

  • This story is inspired by knowledge from the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Many books and therapy programs have been written about it’s use in clinical practice. It’s principles have been modified to make comprehensible for children, for instance by Dr. Paul Stallard

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Zoe's tricks for a calm mind

Anxiety in children

Positive Affirmations for Anxiety

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Steps to solve a problem

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Steps to solve my problem

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