National expert Lisa Damour speaks to Lab families about managing stress and anxiety

National expert Lisa Damour speaks to Lab families about managing stress and anxiety

In April, the PA Speaker Series featured Dr. Lisa Damour. She spoke about managing anxiety and stress, offering support to help the Lab community live more happily and constructively during Covid-19. Here are a few thoughts she shared with us:

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  • Anxiety and stress are normal, healthy emotions but, they can, at times, reach unhealthy levels.
  • Anxiety can feel very erratic, but it is actually systematic—and there are proven ways to combat it at every stage.
  • Breath. It really works! Dr. Damour is a convert and offers a specific technique.
  • Anxiety can come from overestimating danger and underestimating our ability to manage what comes our way.
  • Stress comes in many forms, each of which can be addressed. For example, decision-making is a real stressor, that is why having routines can be so helpful.
  • In the time of COVID-19, "ordinary magic" can make all the difference. Give your child things to look forward to, even small things; make things as predictable as possible; offer your child as much independence as you can.
Damour, a best-selling author, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private practice, and consults and speaks internationally, is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls