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How to help an anxious child
If a child is experiencing anxiety, there are things that parents and carers can do to help.
First and foremost, it's important to talk to your child about their anxiety or worries. Reassure them and show them you understand how they feel.
If your child is old enough, it may help to explain what anxiety is and the physical effects it has on our bodies. It may be helpful to describe anxiety as being like a wave that builds up and then ebbs away again.
As well as talking to your child about their worries and anxiety, it's important to help them find solutions.
For example, if your child is worried about going to a sleepover, it is natural to want to tell them not to go. However, this could mean your child feels that their anxiety will stop them from doing things.
It's better to recognise their anxiety and suggest solutions to help them, so they can go to the sleepover with a plan in place.
Other ways to ease anxiety in children
- teach your child to recognise signs of anxiety in themselves
- encourage your child to manage their anxiety and ask for help when they need it
- children of all ages find routines reassuring, so try to stick to regular daily routines where possible
- if your child is anxious because of distressing events, such as a bereavement or separation, look for books or films that will help them to understand their feelings
- if you know a change, such as a house move, is coming up, prepare your child by talking to them about what is going to happen and why
- try not to become overprotective or anxious yourself
- practice simple relaxation techniques with your child, such as taking 3 deep, slow breaths, breathing in for a count of 3 and out for 3. You'll find more guidance for helping children with anxiety on the Young Minds website
- distraction can be helpful for young children. For example, if they are anxious about going to nursery, play games on the way there, such as seeing who can spot the most red cars
- turn an empty tissue box into a "worry" box. Get your child to write about or draw their worries and "post" them into the box. Then you can sort through the box together at the end of the day or week
Mental Health and Well-Being A to Z
MindSafe makes it simple for pupils to be more aware of their own mental wellbeing, simple to recognise when they need to focus on it and simple for them to get support from someone they know and trust.
The Keep Calm Toolkit
All children can benefit from calm down strategies, whether they have sensory processing challenges or not. Even very young children can feel stressed and anxious, especially during times of change or upheaval. Luckily, there are lots of simple activities you can do together to help your pupils learn to calm themselves. This section of the website shares a range of these for you to choose from that may help your pupils.
You can use these in the classroom or in another designated safe space at school. It's a great way to encourage independence in self-regulation for children of all ages, with a little training. It's about finding what works each individual pupil. Try some of our breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help them to take take ownership of their anxiety.
Being able to recognise the triggers and then cope with anxiety with a few key strategies is a skill that will benefit children for life - so see which ones work.
If you have any to share then please let us know so we can add to this section of the website; the bigger the selection the more staff and pupils it will benefit!