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Living With High-Functioning and Hidden Anxiety

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child. It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety.

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments. 1. “Can you draw it?” Drawing, painting or doodling about an anxiety provides kids with an outlet for their feelings when they can’t use their words. 2. Being told that you will be kept safe by the person you love the most is a powerful affirmation. 3. If you tell a child to take a deep breath in the middle of a panic attack, chances are you’ll hear, “I CAN’T!” 4. Marathon runners use this trick all of the time to get past “the wall.” The Secret to Therapy: It’s a Relationship. Photo credit: Miranda Meadows and David Clinton “Remember: It’s a relationship.”

The Secret to Therapy: It’s a Relationship

I stared gratefully at my supervisor as she spoke calm truth into my anxiety. I was about to meet with my first ever therapy client when I had come to the untimely conclusion: I knew nothing. With her words orienting me, I took a deep, fortifying breath, and I began this journey of life as a therapist. In those moments with my first clients, it felt new, and powerful, and terrifying, all at once. Therapy is a relationship. It doesn’t sound like much. Because we are broken in relationships. Therapy is a relationship, too, but a healing one. Therapy is where healing can happen because it’s in relationship, not in fixing, that our truths can be known and understood… Because it’s in relationship that we realize we are a little less alone and a little more normal than we thought. In that moment, my training had come full circle. Miranda Meadows Miranda is a Postdoctoral Resident at Artisan Clinical Associates. If you don't have it, chronic anxiety can be hard to understand. These comics can help.

Attention anyone with anxiety who spent time in class with their head down doodling in a notebook: This is a comic series for you.

If you don't have it, chronic anxiety can be hard to understand. These comics can help.

It’s called Introvert Doodles and started as a “self-pep talk” by a comic who goes by Marzi. She was inspired to explore her identity as an introvert after a personality test made her realize her introverted tendencies weren’t flaws — they were part of her personality. On her site, she explains (in a doodle, of course): “I was surprised when others connected with my doodles on Instagram,” she told The Mighty in an email. Middle-Schoolers Tame Anxiety in "Release" Short Film. “It feels awful, so I try to do everything perfect,” says one student.

Middle-Schoolers Tame Anxiety in "Release" Short Film

It’s a statement we can all relate to—that anxious thought loop: if I just work on myself a little bit more, I’ll make fewer mistakes, and everything will work out better. This short film, titled “Release” takes us into the minds of middle-schoolers, struggling with social queues (“the 7-th graders think they’re the best” and “do I wear makeup?”) , texting habits (“there have been stupid arguments over text messages”), bullying, and balancing homework and activities. The hectic pace changes a few minutes in when students are guided through a mindful breathing practice. You can see on students’ faces that those thoughts are still surfacing—there are knotted brows, and a few frowns—but they begin to dissipate.

“Release” is the second film by Julie Bayer and Josh Salzman, who created “Just Breathe” last year. “What led me to mindfulness was my own relationship to anxiety,” says Bayer. Living With High-Functioning and Hidden Anxiety. 10 things someone with anxiety wants you to know about dating them. I’ve come to terms with my anxiety.

10 things someone with anxiety wants you to know about dating them.

I’d even say that we’re sometimes friends. But whenever someone comes into my life, romantically or otherwise, they also have to get to know my anxiety. The good news is that, despite the social stigma surrounding mental health, it’s often not that big of a deal. But of course, there are things I want people to know about me and how I see the world. So, to my significant other, here are 10 things I want you to know about dating me: Living With High-Functioning and Hidden Anxiety. High-functioning anxiety looks like… Achievement.

Living With High-Functioning and Hidden Anxiety

Busyness. Perfectionism. When it sneaks out, it transforms into nervous habits. Nail biting. If you look close enough, you can see it in answered text messages. High-functioning anxiety feels like… A snake slithering up my back, clamping its jaws shut where my shoulders meet my neck. High-functioning anxiety sounds like… You’re not good enough. All the while, it appears perfectly calm. It’s always looking for the next outlet, something to channel the never-ending energy.