Article in The Times July 15 on helping children overcome their fears:
Shrink Rap: ‘People feel anxious when they focus on what is missing, what is wrong or what could go wrong in the future. We become anxious when we doubt our strength, resources and ability to deal with challenges.’
Supernanny: ‘To live in fear of ‘what if’ is an exhausting experience for everyone.’
Interesting exercise is to ask yourself at different times ‘Am I safe NOW? Am I happy Now?’. Try it sitting at the bridge table; waiting for a friend; eating breakfast. Any danger that occurs will happen in the Now – it’s the only place that anything happens! We don’t really know what will happen in the next hour, or the next day, or the next year. So why waste energy stressing over it? How wonderful that we can ‘come to our senses’ and use them to come back into the present moment. And it’s free!!