If you've had anxiety, you know that along with your thoughts and emotions, there are some clear physical symptoms too. Maybe you've watched your child go through this and it just seems to come out of nowhere, which can make it even scarier. People can feel dizzy, tingly, or have a heard time breathing. It can have kind of a feedback loop- "My heart is racing! I'm panicking now because I feel my heart racing! I can't stop my heart from racing because now I'm panicky!" Sometimes there is a sensation in the body, like dizziness from standing up quickly, and the loop starts all on its own without anything really scary setting it off. The animation on this website by GoZen.com shows what to do to stop the feedback loop. Spoiler alert: It's breathing. :-)
I love this video! Sometimes adults assume that kids should be able to express all their thoughts and feelings verbally. Like... adults do. We know that developmentally this isn't appropriate. Even if you have a talkative kiddo on your hands who has a wide vocabulary, play and creative expression are still their primary languages. Lot of talking happens during play therapy, but it's really the play that shows the things that are hard to put into words. To learn more about the Association for Play Therapy, you can go to http://www.a4pt.org.