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How WISDOM Coach™ Louise Helped a Young Teen Reduce Anxiety, Rebuild Her Confidence, and Feel Heard

Fourteen-year-old Grace* was crumbling under the pressure to perform at school and keep her scholarship. She knew her parents were financially stretched; therefore, getting good grades was constantly on her mind – she worried a lot and felt anxious.

Grace was also very shy and had a habit of comparing herself to others. This caused her to feel self-conscious in social situations and was eroding her confidence and her self-esteem.

When Grace’s mom brought her to see WISDOM CoachTM Louise Chiat, things had gotten so bad that Grace could not say anything good about herself when asked.
From “anxious and unsure” to feeling confident and heard
Coach Louise used a combination of strategies to support Grace in managing her stress and in rebuilding her confidence.
Together, they discussed coaching stories from the “MePower” segment of The Adventures in Wisdom Life Coaching Program for Kids™ Curriculum. Through the stories, Grace learned powerful mindset skills for identifying when she was feeling stressed. She also learned how to calm her emotions by shifting her thoughts.
“Grace loved the stories and she told me that she appreciated having someone listen to her,” shared WISDOM Coach Louise. “Once the shyness reduced, she opened up and talked non-stop.”
During one of the sessions, Grace expressed nervousness about a swimming gala she was scheduled to attend. Together they worked on positive self-talk and developed a mantra to support Grace in calming her nerves prior to and during the event. They also used an “anti-stress” coloring journal designed for adults to give Grace an outlet for her anxiety.
After a few sessions, Louise saw some significant changes in Grace. Grace was able to look in the mirror and say positive things about herself, something she couldn’t do when they first started working together. She also expressed feeling calmer and in more control over her emotions. That helped her to feel more confident about school and in social situations
And most important, Grace expressed that she finally felt heard!
When asked about her journey with Grace, Coach Louise shared, “I felt so privileged and proud to be a part of Grace’s journey. The Adventure in Wisdom program provided us with the tools to help Grace overcome her fear of losing her scholarship. Coaching also assisted her in reaching her goal of finding a way to successfully cope with her fear and reach her sporting goals.”
 
Note from Adventures in Wisdom
Often children don’t share their deepest concerns with their parents.  Grace’s parents didn’t realize that Grace was feeling so much pressure to keep her scholarship or that she was struggling with anxiety.  WISDOM Coaches give children a safe place to discuss concerns that they don’t necessarily want to discuss with their parents.   From this place of trust, our coaches then help children develop specific skills for solving problems and owning their magnificence!  
 
You can get a sample life coaching for kids story like the one WISDOM Coach™ Louise Chiat used to help Grace! Click here to get your story.
(P.S. At the link, you can also learn about a special, limited time scholarship to help you become a WISDOM Coach and start life coaching kids.)
 
*Name has been changed in the story for anonymity.
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2 Responses to Helping Grace Manage Anxiety

  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Louise, my almost 14 year old son has the same problem but he won’t talk to anyone, not me or anyone in the family, not friends or his councellor or psychologist. He hasn’t been to school for almost a year because of his social anxiety and low self esteem. Do you have any tips you could share with me please, I’m one very worried mumma
    Regards
    Rachel

    • Melissa Sweat says:

      Hi Rachel, thank you so much for your comment and I’m very sorry to hear about your son. We definitely have several resources for you to explore. I’m not sure where you’re located, but please take a look at our WISDOM Coach Directory to see if one of our coaches is near you: http://adventuresinwisdom.com/wisdom-coach-directory-2. Some of our coaches also work via Skype, so please contact Support(at)adventuresinwisdom.com if you are unable to find a coach near you, and one of my teammates can help you further. If you’d like to learn more about our “home study” program for parents to use with their children, you can do so here: http://adventuresinwisdom.com/aw-life-coaching-program-for-kids/. Also, if you haven’t just yet, you can get a free sample coaching story on our homepage: http://adventuresinwisdom.com. And our blog also has articles that may be of help to you and your son: http://adventuresinwisdom.com/blog. We wish you all the best, and if we can be of any further help, please let me know.

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