Visualise your brain as an email inbox. Now visualise the gazillions of emails dropping into that inbox every day in the form of
- every single thing we see
- every single thing that we hear
All the data now needs to be processed and decisions to be made.
Now imagine yourself trying to get your inbox to zero every day.
And now picture a child’s brain trying to do the same!
Childhood anxiety isn’t a “why?” issue, it’s a “no wonder!” issue. And this only just scratches the surface.
When you really step back and look at:
- what’s going on in the brain vs
- what it was designed for vs
- what we are expecting of it?
= MIND! BLOWN!
Our lifestyle HAS to change!
Because little ones are experiencing more overwhelm, overload and anxiety than ever before.
And WE – their parents, carers and teachers – have the potential to be the biggest change-makers in their lives!
Children’s brains are simpler than you may think, and so is how we support them. Trust your instinct and let’s delve right in!
Predictability is VITAL when it comes to anxiety management (for both our children and ourselves).
A brain that can’t predict what’s happening next, what to expect or why things are the way they are, is a brain that will struggle to know for certain that it is safe.
So it will put us in survival mode.
A classroom is an unpredictable place (no matter how amazeballs the teacher is) because we can’t predict the actions of the 20 other children. Luckily, predictability at home goes a long way to helping children cope with the classroom. If our child is struggling at school our job is to manage that at home.
Brains and behaviours are alllll about predictability. Because it’s truly one of the key ingredients in managing anxiety. And predictability doesn’t just mean routine, it’s an environment, a sense, a state. Which means there are an infinite array of ways we can achieve it.
Have a listen as I explain this is in a little more depth.
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