#SADM22 – Managing anxiety

Managing anxiety with Elizabeth (11)

Beginning to understand yourself and your emotional reactions is an important part of growing up. It can be why having feelings or conditions diagnosed can have a positive impact on a person as they can attach those concerning or confusing feelings onto something and recognise these as a reaction that can be managed.

It’s easier said than done. Especially when it affects a young person in their education, being able to to acknowledge and act on these feelings can be really tough.

Elizabeth is the daughter of one of our carers and had struggled with her anxiety since she was very small. We celebrated her ability to self-manage her anxieties, awarding her £50 to treat herself given the enormity of her achievements.

This is what her mum, Julia said about her progression in school –

“Elizabeth first showed signs of anxiety when she was 2 and it has gradually gotten worse as she got older. She gets overwhelmed very easily and struggles walking into school by herself.

She has been seeing a councillor at school which has really helped her to talk things through.

Over the last few months she has made real progress in her ability to self-manage her worries.

She’s now using different techniques and has practised using her voice when she is not being heard.

I am super proud of the way she is managing a very difficult situation.”

CFT Foster carer – Julia

For a young person who has struggled so severely with her managing anxiety, to be able to talk so openly about her struggles and practise the techniques she’s been taught is super impressive for anyone at any age. We hope she continues to make strides both in school and at home.

Go Elizabeth!

If you’d like to share your story with us, and be celebrated as part of Son’s and Daughter’s month, get in touch here

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