What Are Some Proactive Strategies for Anxiety?

DO NOT avoid everything that causes anxiety. The flight-fight-freeze response urges your child to escape the uncomfortable situations. 

Meditation and mindfulness

Daily exercise helps stimulate endorphins and feel-good hormones so try incorporating that into your child’s routine (even before school)

Adequate sleep, healthy meals, plenty of water, downtime to decompress, outdoor play, 

Limit screen time as this can increase anxiety, especially social media

each your child to be a thought detective. Imagine every thought you have floats above your head in a bubble (like what you see in a comic strip). Now catch onto the worry thoughts and collect evidence to support or negate the thought. Teach your child not to make judgments about what to worry about based only on feelings. Feelings are not facts. Teach your child to have a debate in their mind.

Help your child go from “what if” to “what is”

Develop a step by step checklist to calm down - a coping list with concrete strategies to use in the moment of distress (deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, stress ball, write it out, talk back to worries) 

Make sure that they practice the strategies when they are not anxious so they gain confidence when needing to use them

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