Anxiety can be difficult to comprehend as an adult, so trying to explain it to a child can be doubly as difficult. Without an explanation as to why they're feeling nervous, anxious, or afraid about something, children will assume that the feelings are normal, because they don't know any differently. Finding a way to help your child understand anxiety can help change the way they learn to combat and cope with their anxiety. And what better way to help your children learn than through books? By integrating books to help your child understand anxiety into the family bookshelf, you'll be helping everyone to better understand why anxiety happens, and how everyone around can help each other through.
Rather than writing off your child's anxiety as an irrational fear, or being a worrywart, why not explore the depths of their anxiety together? According to Worry Wise Kids, "children usually believe their level of fear is an accurate reflection of how dangerous a situation is, instead of knowing that their fear is a reaction to thinking scary thoughts about a situation." In order to help reshape your child's view of their anxiety, and help them cultivate an understanding of what is their anxiety talking to them, and what is a rational fear, you first need to help them understand what anxiety is. With the help of the following books, you and your child will be able to better comprehend what kind of anxiety your child may dealing with, and how you can work together to combat it.