• Anxiety Reducing Strategies:  

     

    Link: What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious- Child Mind Institute

     

    Controlled Breathing:

    If your child is showing signs of worry, take a moment to practice controlled breathing. You can simply count breaths for them (inhale: 1 2 3 4 5, hold 1 2 3 4, exhale: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7). You can also use tools like a pinwheel or bubbles to show them how powerful breath can be. Help them slow their breathing and really exhale all of the air out with their belly to calm their bodies and minds.This link provides a bunch of different exercises to try as well: Teaching Kids Controlled Breathing

     

    Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids- Link to YouTube Video

    Help your child release tension from their body with a progressive muscle relaxation. In this exercise, children gradually tense up their muscles and then release them. 

     

    Grounding Techniques: 

    10 Grounding Techniques for Kids- Link to Exercises

    Grounding strategies or techniques help kids reorient to the present moment when the worries are too big for them to handle.These techniques help kids connect with their current environment in the here and now when their minds might feel like they are spinning.

     

     






Last Modified on April 1, 2020