Mild anxiety is a normal human emotion, and most children will experience some anxiety or worry before a sporting event or an exam. It can be hard to help an anxious child, they often become overwhelmed.
For some children, having a little anxiety can help them perform at their best. But if anxiety becomes more intense, starts to cause distress, lasts for a long time, or interferes with daily living, then it’s a problem. Anxiety in children can be disabling and interfere with life. It’s important to get help for child anxiety – early intervention makes a big difference.
For most of us, the physical feelings of anxiety include a faster heart rate, faster breathing, muscle tension, sweating, shaking, and ‘butterflies in the stomach’.