These anxiety strategies for kids come in a free printable poster and are a great resource for children experiencing feelings of anxiety.
Anxiety can be crippling for children and adults alike. Often time anxiety strikes and seems to take over our abilities. There are some simple anxiety strategies for kids that you can help your children practice so that they have strategies on hand to calm down and deal with their own anxiety.
This When You Are Anxious printable for kids includes some simple strategies that they can learn and employ when needed.
Anxiety Strategies for Kids to Use
This things you can do when you are anxious printable has a few very simple anxiety strategies that kids can use to manage any anxiety they might be experiencing.
What does anxiety look like in children?
Often times, children can’t tell us that they are anxious. They either don’t have the words in their vocabulary to express this, or they can’t fully understand the feelings they are experiencing.
For children, anxiety might manifest as restlessness, agitation, poor focus, refusal of school, stomaches, and perfectionism (among many other symptoms).
If you have noticed some of these symptoms of anxiety in your own child, there are some simple strategies that you can practice together, so that when these feelings begin to overwhelm them, they can put them to use.
Simple Anxiety Strategies for Kids
Have a conversation with your child about anxiety, and some ways in which you notice they might be experiencing it. Give them the language to help them express to you how they are feeling, and develop code words to use when they need help.
These anxiety strategies are best practiced and discussed when they child isn’t feeling symptoms of anxiety. This way, the child knows and can use these strategies when they aren’t able to think.
These can be practiced in conjunction with a calm down area in your home as well.
Most of these activities below including grounding. The act of focusing more on what is in front of you and your body than the distracting thoughts that might be running through your head.
- stand up straight and take a deep breath
- talk to a friend or a family member (not necessarily about how they are feeling but just to ground them)
- stretch, practice some yoga poses that they can easily do
- meditate and visualize a calm space
- control your breathing focusing on belly breaths and relaxing all of these muscles in your body
- play the 5-5-5 game: list 5 things you see, 5 things you hear, and 5 body parts
- focus on right now, look around the room and explain what you see
- write it out, keep a journal that can be accessed to write down feelings and emotions
- smell lavender oil
- use a calming visualization or picture your favorite place
- re-label what’s happening, put into words the trigger and how you are feeling
- listen to a calming playlist, keep a list of music handy or ask Alexa to play your calming playlist
- drink a glass of cold water
- go for a brisk walk either around the house or outdoors
The more you practice these with your child, the more you will understand which strategies really seem to help them.
Keep the communication open between your and your child regarding their anxiety, and be a sounding board and support system for the emotions they might be experiencing.
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