It's just my humble opinion but it might cheer you up to think about it the other way around... The child is letting go of her...everything,the fears the worries the stress over them,and it's so overwhelming she crouches. I understand that wasn't the intention,but I thought it might cheer you up a bit ^-^'
Where did you know how it looks like in my head? It's true this is exactly THAT feeling which is sometimes pressing me down to the ground and takes my breath and gives me the shudders like a little child. Very good illustrated, and nice subtle animated.