If your child feels worried or anxious, you can help them to learn some techniques to feel calmer and more in control.
Try some of the methods below. Practise them over time with your child when they need a bit of extra help. Be available to talk to your child about their worries and how calming activities can help.
This breathing exercise helps quieten anxious thoughts. Practise it together with your child, and talk about when it might be useful to breathe like this.
Your child can repeat this as many times as they like until they feel calmer.
When we worry, we often imagine all the bad things that might happen. This exercise helps your child stay present by remembering safe or comforting thoughts.
Ask your child to name or write down:
Practising the circle of control can help limit which thoughts become worries.
Ask your child to draw a circle on a piece of paper. Inside the circle, write down “Things I can control”. For example:
Outside the circle, get your child to write “Things I can’t control.” For example:
You can find more ideas for supporting your child with anxious feelings in our mental health and wellbeing section.
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