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Why Do I Feel So Worried?

A Kid's Guide to Coping with Big Emotions—Follow the Arrows from Anxiety to Calm

By Tammi Kirkness

Simple yes-or-no questions help kids ages 7 to 12 find the right calming activities for every kind of anxiety

It can be tough for kids with growing minds to work through their worries and self-soothe when they’re spiraling. This interactive, step-by-step guide is here to help! In Why Do I Feel So Worried?, children can follow an easy-to-use, colorfully illustrated flowchart to . . .
  • Name the emotion they’re struggling with (like stress)
  • Figure out its source (for instance, homework problems)
  • Calm down with an easy activity (such as a soothing script)

Every tried-and-tested strategy—from breathing techniques to meditations, affirmations, and more—offers in-the-moment relief to anxious children. And throughout, notes to caregivers explain the underlying psychology along with how (and when) to offer help.

Kids might not always be able to solve what’s worrying them—but they do have the power to help themselves feel better!

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“This is such a great book. If you have a child who is going through [anxiety] and loves using workbooks of any kind, this is amazing. . . . It’s like a fun quiz you would find in a magazine, and yet it really helps to counteract the stress and regular worries that so many kids have.”—Zibby Owens, host of the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast
“What I love about [Why Do I Feel So Worried] is the message that you may not even find out what you’re worried about, but you do have the power to make yourself feel better—which could be a lesson for all of us.”—Holly Morris, cohost of FOX 5’s Good Day DC

“A wonderful way to teach kids about anxiety and how to manage it.”—Jo Lamble, clinical psychologist

“A thoughtful and thoroughly useful guide for parents and carers to use with kids who experience anxiety, to help them process and master their fears and emotions.”—Dr. Tatiana Menick, psychiatrist, Center for Discovery, Residential Treatment Center for Children and Adolescents
“A book that’s compassionate, gentle, and reassuring, pointing the way forward through the very real fears and uncertainties children face.”—Maggie Hamilton, author of What’s Happening to Our Girls? and What’s Happening to Our Boys?
“This book is so good for anxious kids! My nine-year-old uses it all the time.”—Melissa Wilson, editor at
Product Details
Age range
7 - 12
Grade range
2 - 7
Number of pages
Publication date
March 22, 2022