There is no “quick fix” for treating anxiety in kids.
Counseling can help a lot by getting kids more in touch with their feelings and giving them skills to deal with them.
You can support the work of counseling and help at home by trying these quick techniques with your child or teenager to reduce some anxiety.
Place your hand over your heart and feel your hand touching your chest. Offering our body self-touch can soothe anxiety.
Cross your arms over your chest. Alternately tap each arm in a steady rhythm. Watch your worries float by like clouds.
Breathe in for 4 seconds. Hold for 4 seconds. Breathe out for 4 seconds. Hold for 4 seconds. Feel the anxiety fade.
Name 3 objects you see, 2 sounds you hear, and 1 inner sensation you feel inside your body.
Visualize in your mind a specific place or time where you feel safe. See what it looks like to feel calm and confident.
Helping kids relax their minds and bodies is just one way to start dealing with anxiety.
Plus, it’s a great skill they can use in adulthood!