This issue of Eagle Counseling Newsletter seeks to shed light on this growing epidemic of anxiety, and how it’s affecting our kids at different ages. First, let’s define stress and anxiety because they are two different, but related things. One great definition comes from Stress vs. Anxiety – Knowing the Difference Is Critical to Your Health by Franzi Ross. Ross explains that stress is your reaction to an outside stressor like when you have a deadline approaching at work or you face traffic on your commute. Stress usually dissolves when the situation is over. “Anxiety is a person’s specific reaction to stress; its origin is internal. Anxiety is typically characterized by a ‘persistent feeling of apprehension or dread’ in situations that are not actually threatening” (Ross). What does this look like for our kids? At every age, there are certain stressors that our children experience, and they grow and mature by learning to work through those obstacles. When our children experience anxiety however, we need to approach it differently than stress because it doesn’t end when the stressor is gone. We hope the resources in this issue of ECN help guide you through the mess that is anxiety. - MD
Stress vs. Anxiety – Knowing the Difference
Gary Prindiville is the school counselor and a middle school theology teacher at Prince of Peace Christian School and Early Learning Center in Carrollton, TX. Visit the Contact page for more information.
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