Anxiety is an excessive and persistent daily worry about several life circumstances that has no factual or logical basis for ex: “what if teacher scolded me?”, “what if my friend did not talk to me?”.

It is becoming hyper vigilant such as feeling constantly on edge, experiencing concentration difficulties, having trouble falling or staying asleep, and exhibiting a general state of irritability. Children, who face persistent anxiety about social situations, often develop in shy children around the time they are faced with increased peer pressure at school. By minimizing direct and prolonged contact with feared situations anxious children have no opportunity to learn that the situation is in fact harmless and that they can adaptively learn problem solving skills to deal with the situation.

Anxious children underestimate the likelihood of future positive events, overestimate the likelihood of future negative events and make frequent cognitive errors such as overgeneralization, that ‘nobody will talk to me’.

Anxiety affects your whole being. It is a physiological, behavioral, and psychological reaction all at once. On a physiological level, anxiety may include bodily reactions such as rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth, or sweating. On a behavioral level, it can sabotage your ability to act, express yourself, or deal with certain everyday situations. The aim should be teach a child to effectively manage their own anxiety rather than to rid the child of all anxiety.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many forms/symptoms like:

Sweating, increased palpitations
Trembling/shaking, avoiding feared situation
Excessive washing hands, cleaning, arranging
Checking things repetitively, getting irritable if someone touches or rearranges the room
    Expressing excessive worry and increased crying spells, fearing a person, situation or event.
    A complete program of recovery from an anxiety disorder must intervene at all three levels to
    Reduce physiological reactivity
    Eliminate avoidance behavior

Change your own interpretations (or “self-talk”) to life events which perpetuate a state of ap­prehension and fear and worry in your life.