To help turn young worriers into warriors, here are 8 activities for treating Anxiety in Children that have proven to be effective:
Make Mind Jars
For this activity, you’ll need:
- Small Jars or Plastic Water Bottles
- Glitter Glue
- Food Coloring
- Hot Water
- Glitter and/or sequins (optional)
Mix about 1 tablespoon of glitter glue with 1 cup of warm water. Use a bit more if your jars are larger. If you’d like, add food coloring and extra glitter to make it even more colorful and sparkly. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm (or even hot water). The warmer the water, the better the glitter will dissolve without clumps. Don’t forget to hot glue the tops on the bottles to prevent spills.
Happy Brain, Worry Brain Activity Coloring or Writing Activity
Create Worry Cans
Kids can then write or draw what concerns them and drop the slips of paper into the jar. Depending on preference, children may want to talk with an adult about the thoughts in the can, or they may simply choose to use the Worry Can as a dumping ground for thoughts they would rather get out of their heads.
Demonstrate first and then have children use bubbles while focusing on how they breathe to create a big bubble. Remember to highlight how doing so impacts their body, and how it can train the body to feel relaxed (rather than worried or nervous.) Encourage children to practice their deep breathing skills – even when they don’t have the bubbles on hand!
Paint for Relaxation
Start a Journal
Create an Emergency Checklist
Create a Gratitude Box
What you’ll need:
- An empty tissue box
- Decorating items (e.g. stickers, white labels, colorful markers, patterned duct tape)
The idea is for the child to write on a small piece of paper something for which they are grateful. This can be whatever is relevant or important to the child. Children in speech therapy, for example, might feel anxious about how they talk; to combat anxiety, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can encourage them to be grateful for their voice, ability to speak, ability to listen, etc. This will help them to appreciate their present situation and reduce anxiety. Occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs), behavioral therapists, counselors, and social workers can try this with students on their caseloads as well! Source: https://txsource.com/2017/06/30/8-activities-treating-anxiety-children/