Anxiety, of Course

Are there people who aren’t coping with a bit of anxiety right now? We already know I am and my child keeps chewing on her fingers. My wife seems impervious to it all though, so I imagine some of you must also be blissfully floating through a pandemic. An exaggeration, of course, but that’s what it feels like for those of us (me) struggling.

RR started virtual school this week. It’s an every other week thing but this is the first time she’s back at it since last spring. I checked in on her this morning and she was raptly watching her teacher lead but her brow was furrowed and she was crouched over the screen. Can she understand? Is her slow processing speed keeping up?

I still have questions about how the school is supporting the children who need extra help. They have added an additional teacher to the classroom but shifted away the support teacher who was working with her in the spring. RR worked so hard on her math and reading over the summer and I hope she is seeing the results. But what about school overall?

It doesn’t always work for me to wait and see and deal with each thing as it comes. That’s so often what I hear therapists recommending. Less planning, less problem solving. I have choice words for how that makes me feel. But in the meantime, I can pick back up on some of the other things they recommend, starting with a short meditation each day. RR is joining in (OOOHMMM, she says) and hopefully it will help us both.

9 Responses

  1. Tremendous amount of anxiety. Meditation helps. Quick tapping meditations seem to break the cycle for me.

  2. Anxiety abounds apparently.
    We will be fine. We will be fine. We will be fine. We will be fine.
    Someday.

  3. My kids all hate school now! Everything is terrible!

    It’s hard to not be anxious when everything is so wrong.

  4. I was doing okay-ish until we ended up in a fire evacuation zone. Now I am definitely feeling the effects of hyper-vigilance 😦

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