Anxiety2Amazing® Programme

 The Anxiety2Amazing® Programme

Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching for Young People 

The Anxiety2Amazing® Programme, has been developed to help Support Young People as they progress through the journey of Education. Right the way through from Primary, to Sixth Form, and University

Anxiety2Amazing® ProgrammeAre you a young person in need of some Stress and Anxiety Support? Maybe you are finding it a challenge to cope with the pressure of exams at School, Sixth Form or University? Have the workloads become more stressful to manage effectively? Is the pressure of revision and study time causing you to feel anxious and overwhelmed? Have you been experiencing episodes of deep sadness or low moods, which may have made it difficult for you to concentrate and focus?  Or maybe you are a parent of a youngster, who is going through the transition of starting a new school , or going through exam or study pressure, and you are worried that they are not coping well?…..

The Anxiety2Amazing® Programme, is a 4 week programme. It integrates Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching, together with visualisation and cognitive therapy techniques. It provides them with the chance to explore a wider range of options and action-steps towards being Amazing. And it helps them stretch their minds more effectively so they can keep growing and evolving.

The Anxiety2Amazing® programme is an investment well worth making whether it’s through the parent or through the school.  It enables young people to acquire valuable skills and methods, which will help them make a radical shift in their relationship to their thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, as they relate to Stress, Anxiety, or Negative Behaviour patterns.  The empowering skills they learn, enable them to be better prepared for any future challenges ahead on their educational journey. So they can create their own amazing experiences, which enable them to grow and evolve and be Truly Amazing, in every way.

*Mini-Mindfulness Sessions – For Young People going through Primary School struggles

Anxiety2Amazing® Programme

We can tailor this 4 session programme to the Child’s individual needs. But as a guideline these sessions involve the powerful methods of Empowerment Coaching, which include simple Mini-Mindfulness and Breathing Exercises; Discovering their own unique strengths; Visualisations; Relaxation Tips and Confidence boosters, which help them to develop a stronger self-confidence, build resilience and aid self-calm

*Empowerment Coaching – For Young People making the Transition to Secondary School, Sixth form or University

These 4 very valuable sessions, involve the powerful methods of Empowerment Coaching, which includes essential tools for young people to become more engaged in and out of the education environment. It enables them to discover how to develop their strengths; acquire new skills to cope with anxiety and stress; create stronger relationships; communicate more confidently and more respectfully; discover and understand positive boundaries; build resilience and be better prepared for future challenges ahead on their educational journey.

Motivating, Inspiring and Encouraging Without Barriers

The Anxiety2Amazing® programme, is a Conscious Awareness Anxiet2Amazing® Programmeapproach, which is a fun and easy too use resource, for building Resilience in young people. Particularly those who suffer from Anxiety, Stress or Depression. Some young people have low confidence and low self-esteem, or have had experiences with Bullying, or the isolation of Home Schooling. As they progress through the Education process, more pressures begin to appear, and some young people find it hard to cope with heavy workloads and high expectations, some become obsessed by their body image, or their ability to be ‘good enough’ or just fear trying to ‘fit in’ to friendship circles.

Our professional and experienced support, and Mini-Mindfulness and Empowerment Coaching services, are in the best position to make a difference in promoting positive behaviour; leading to improved learning for young people with both academic, or creative skills at every level.

We help to challenge and deal with any possible barriers to change. We also ensure that essential time is spent on coaching methods that are beneficial for everyone – including teachers, tutors and parents – and that a level of credibility is established early on in the relationship, so that progress is achieved and maintained.

By building effective relationships with young people as well as teachers though a shared Anxiety2Amazing® Coaching framework. It increases easy access to immediate support, and a greater care and understanding of Child Mental Health and Well-Being within the Home and Educational environment.

 

The Challenges that Young People Face at School

Anxiety2Amazing® ProgrammeThe presenting issues in the school environment, which have been bought to my attention by the young people themselves, are often to do with:

SATs Stress; Exam Stress; High Workloads; High Expectations. Friendship Circles; Trying to Fit in; Body Image; Self Harm; Anger and Aggression; Bullying; Home Schooling; School Phobia; Isolation; Anxiety.

Anxiety, shame, guilt, anger, envy and jealousy are often rooted in low self-opinion. A young person will label themselves in view of what they think they are worth, often on the basis of one or more external factors.. These are known as thinking errors, and can lead to low self-esteem

Some Children’s Thinking Error Statements :

I’m disgusting                     I hate myself                                          Life’s horrible

I’m worthless                      I’m not good enough                           I’m a loser

It’s pointless                        I don’t matter                                        Why bother

It’s all my fault                    There’s nothing I can do about it      My life’s a mess

I’m unlovable                      I’m not a good person                          I’m bad

This form of thinking is usually consistent with stigmatisation; so untangling self-worth from external ‘measures’ or ‘ratings’, helps to build self-acceptance.

Contact Cathy McCarney on 07970 947024 to arrange a Free Anxiety2Amazing® Consultation, for your child TODAY.

 

Self-Esteem

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Sometimes youngsters can be plagued by constant internal criticism. It is essential then to help them work on how to accept themselves, by putting their ‘mistakes’ into perspective, getting them to change their attitude to these errors, understanding them better. Often they make statements about themselves like ‘This means I must be stupid’ This locks them into a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

Statements can also be made by other people around them, who can often make global inferences of one piece of a youngsters bad behaviour. ‘You’re always getting into trouble, you’re useless and not even worth bothering about’ It is inevitable a youngster will then take on this belief of being ‘thoroughly bad and worthless’ or not good enough’, once they have heard these same negative statements again and again….

There is a close relationship between thoughts and feelings, so changing the way a person thinks about something helps them to change the way they feel about it, then their beliefs about the world and themselves become crucial to mental health.

Self-Harm:

  • This is sometimes a form of self-punishment because of feelings of guilt and self-hatred
  • It can also offer a sense of control in a life that is otherwise out of control
  • It can be a way of coping and carrying on with living
  • Allows them to feel emotions or to feel alive (as opposed to feeling numb or dead inside)
  • Converts ‘mental pain’ into physical pain, which may be easier for a young person to deal with or get help for
  • Might give temporary relief from unpleasant emotions (eg emptiness, anger, guilt etc)
  • Harms a body which they have come to dislike (perhaps due to sexual abuse)

Some young people may be worried about what might happen if they talk about any of the issues they are dealing with. They may feel confused and unable to communicate their feelings, making them feel as though there is no way out. They may even have lost trust in others

Body Image

Very often youngsters feel repulsed with their own body shape. They become obsessed with their weight, and hold the belief that self-worth depends on their weight and shape, which can then often drive them towards disturbed eating habits. Concerns about their shape and weight can dominate their lives, leading to depression and loss of confidence.

They may want to please others and be liked, sometimes they may not wish to ask for help, or will push help away when it’s offered. They often find it difficult to express emotion, and may seem to undervalue emotions. They are often plagued with self-doubt or fearful of being rejected or abandoned.

Useful Change Tools and Mini -Mindfulness methods in this Anxiety2Amazing® Coaching Programme, equips each child with resources needed to better understand and help themselves when their self-belief is low, and so gives them the ability to develop a stronger self esteem and positive, healthy, self-image and identity.

Anxiety

Severe anxiety is an emotion which most people would not recognise for what it is. Instead they mistake it for mental illness or serious physical problems.

Anxiety is a natural alert system. But the mind can become confused by the mixed messages it receives from a person’s own self-talk. This can increase the minds need to keep a person ‘safe’, which can lead to avoidance behaviour: causing them to suddenly feel that they are not in control of how they feel and how they react, and increasing the need to withdraw or escape from something that feels threatening.

In many youngsters a common source of anxiety is the ‘fear of failure’

Perfectionism – all-or-nothing-thinking

Perfectionism, produces some youngsters who do well in some things, to focus lopsidedly on their flaws, and so magnify them out of all proportion. Perfectionists see the world in black and white terms, where not achieving precisely what they set out to do becomes a complete disaster in their eyes. Plus they believe everyone is judging them by their own exceptionally high standards, so they think any small mistake is magnified by others in the same way they themselves are viewing it.

Anger

Anger is probably one emotion people have most difficulty acknowledging.  We can split anger into two categories anger-in and anger-out.

Anger in is associated with simmering resentment and brooding over recurrent mistreatment.

Anger-out is linked to repeated cycles of conflict because the expressed irritation has annoyed or provoked others.

Both sufferers from anger-in and anger-out seem to harbour grudges, which in the long run can be bad for the health.

Very often youngsters are made to hold back their true feelings, told to shut up and do as they’re told because grown-ups know better…. this causes a build up of frustration which eventually leads to a repressed anger – an emotional pressure cooker- which then reaches boiling point then explodes.

Behind angry reactions, lie sets of rules, most of which are unwritten. This Anxiety2Amazing® programme helps children to identify the transgression of their anger, and the meaning of their individual rules, so they can find better solutions in managing their anger more effectively, and teaches them how to recognise the importance of boundaries and adopting a more mindful calmness

Depression

Often caused by a sense of loss – these losses are not always directly associated with bereavements but they can be losses of status, or hope, or self image causing:

  • Feelings of uselessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feel unvalued, unloved

Depression makes a person feel compelled to ruminate. But this just involves them going over things again and again in their head. So this Anxiety2Amazing® programme helps them to take steps to get out of this rumination, and to better understand and manage their depression more effectively

Making Changes – Anxiety2Amazing®

Anxiety2Amazing® ProgrammeAnxiety2Amazing® actively encourages Young People to be proud to say ‘It’s Okay to Be Me’, and comprehensively teaches them to understand the workings of the mind and body in a simplified and easy to understand manner. It also offers them the valuable tools and methods they need, in which to help them cope more effectively with family, school or social dynamics as they occur. With the use of these inspirational and motivating tools, these young people are able to confidently create a positive space to grow and evolve from, in which they can identify and implement new behaviours for change. And it is from there, that they are able to realise how easy it is to crack the worry code, and make the incredible transition from Anxiety to Amazing.

 

What is also important, is that we maintain a record of their progress throughout the programme

  • This can help them stay motivated.
  • To help them think and move ‘outside the box’
  • Help them identify any problems they may have to tackle on their journey
  • To evaluate the intensity of any emotional problems which may crop up, and to look at how how these may interfere with their lives
  • To keep a record of their improvements – creating weekly themes, and supporting them to develop positive ways to feel and act differently
  • To help them grow and evolve as authentic human beings

And from there, they begin to learn how to master their own Life Journey

  • Using positive mindful techniques and taking responsibility of their own actions
  • Working with their strengths and building Resilience
  • Focusing on the inner person
  • Being fair to themselves, and others
  • Helping them to understand they are not less important than other people, and that other people are not less important than them.
  • Being able to negotiate fairly and recognise and respect each others needs.
  • Finding the balance between mindful reflecting and reacting.
  • Helping them to express ‘anger’ in a clear and appropriate manner, so they learn how to be responsible for their own behaviour rather than the person involved in the interaction.
  • To be AMAZING!!!

Contact Cathy McCarney on 07970 947024 to arrange your Free Consultation Today.

Anxiety2Amazing® – Mini-Mindfulness & Empowerment Coaching Programmes ‘Its Okay To Be Me’

 

Anxiety2Amazing® programmeThe Anxiety2Amazing® Programme for Young People in Warwickshire and Coventry.

Together, we can Break the Anxiety and Depression Stigma. Together, we can become Leading Masters in Anxiety and Depression Management. Together, we can create Champions in our Community and Communicate a Powerful Message that People Cannot Ignore!!

Individual Sessions held in Balsall Common  – Please Ring or Text Cathy, on 07970947024 or leave a Message on my Quick Contact form on my Home Page

 

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