Thursday, February 25, 2021

Children’s Books

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Since I have become a mother, I have had the opportunity to re-read many children’s books.  During this process, it has made me realize how the lessons of these books can be applied to many of the issues my patients face.  Here are two of my favorite children’s books that are good reminders of how to manage anxiety and depression.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

I have always loved this book since I received it from one of my favorite teachers upon high school graduation.  When my patients get overwhelmed, I often mention a few quotes from this book, which I believe are helpful to manage anxiety.

“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.” “Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”

Even though these quotes are not next to each other in the book, I utilize them to try to remind my patients there are challenges they are going to face, but they can overcome them because they have the strength and knowledge to succeed.

“The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper.

This was one of my favorite books as a child.  Often times, I hear my patients say they “CAN’T” do something and tell me the reasons they are not able to.  I then ask them “Do you remember the book “The Little Engine that Could?”  Many of them say “YES” and I ask them the message this book is trying to convey.  They then say “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.”  I then ask my patients how they CAN make something happen that they wish to accomplish.

Even though I only mentioned two childhood books that have life lessons, there are many more which have morals and values we can apply to our daily lives on a regular basis.  I would recommend next time you are feeling down, sneak into the children’s department at Barnes and Noble or your children’s book collection and re-read some of these stories yourself.  It might help you face whatever challenges you might be wary of today.

Children’s Books, by Allison Jupiter

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