I don’t think it is my imagination that so many young people today are dealing with anxiety on some level or another. And you know, I don’t remember that being the case when I was a child. Sure we occasionally got about whether we would do well on a test at school or if we were going to be late getting home, but, at least in my experience, life was not one anxiety ridden situation after another.
In this article, Entitled “Kids feel anxiety differently than adults” by Evelyn Jackson, some of the reasons for this increase in childhood anxiety are discussed and some solid advice is given.
Often our clients come to us feeling anxious about all kinds of things, including working with horses! We acknowledge that this is a reasonable position to take “horses are big and powerful. They can hurt us if we don’t know what we are doing”. We help them understand how horses think and why they do the things they do. We teach them about many ways to help keep themselves safe and not only with the horses. Setting good boundaries and staying present and in the moment are both things that are important in working with horses, but that come in handy in the rest of our lives as well. Our clients are allowed to progress at their own pace, working through their anxiety a bit at a time, till they are feeling much more confident and capable. This is just one of many areas where work with horses can be very powerful.
Is you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, we invite you to come on out and see what we are doing. We will show you around, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help. Call or email today to schedule a visit.