Supporting Children with Anxiety
Parent TIPS and useful strategies:
Anxiety's Challenges and Resources:
As we all venture into this new journey of e-learning for our students, it is common for children to become somewhat unsure of the unknown. The fear of the unknown can result in children experiencing some anxiety. We know that anxiety is a very normal thing, but can be intensified and in extreme cases debilitating for some children. As the recent events of COVID 19 have unfolded, we want to ensure that our parents and students are equipped with tools to support the needs of those that are experiencing any form of anxiety. Listed below are articles, illustrations, and tips for parents and students to help tackle the challenges of anxiety as it occurs.
The Face of Anxiety:
This illustration gives an overview of what anxiety may look or feel like for those who are combatting the challenges of anxiety. It may look or feel differently for each individual experiencing it, but having at least one or more of these symptoms is often very common.
Anxiety Versus Anxiety Disorder:
As we know everyone in their lifetime will experience some form of anxiety in their lifetime. We know that life may often create stress which may then lead to anxiety. Although we all face anxiety it is different for those who have anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are diagnosed by a licensed doctor, often for children it can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, or suspected by a child's pediatrician. Anxiety disorders will most likely look different for those that have general or basic forms of anxiety. This illustration compares and contrasts the differences of each category.
Corona Virus (COVID-19) Anxiety
For some, the increased media coverage and the latest information stemming from the Corona Virus may be creating anxiety for you and your loved ones. It is important that we have strategies in place to limit the impact that Corona may have on our emotional well-being. This illustration gives healthy guidelines and tips for you, your children, and loved ones to combat the stress that may come from these challenging circumstances.
ARTICLES SUPPORTING CHILDREN with ANXIETY: TIPS AND STRATEGIES
HAVE A GOOD READ TO UNDERSTAND ANXIETY:
Sometimes giving a child the chance to understand anxiety may help them to debunk the myths that may come along with it. Listed below is a site that gives information on student friendly books for all ages related to anxiety. The Mooresville public library may also be a great additional resource to check out books regarding anxiety for children and teens.
38 Ways to Relieve Stress: In less than 10 minutes
During these next few weeks students may need a few strategies to help them de-stress or to help enhance relaxation techniques. The list above gives students 38 ways to de-stress while in the comfort of their own homes.
Breathing Exercises to Stay Calm
Often times, individuals who experience high stress could feel the impact of anxiety. Anxiety is not only an emotional reaction, but can create a physical reaction with our bodies. Using deep breathing strategies can have a positive reaction to our bodies if used properly. Deep breathing encourages full oxygen exchange for outgoing carbon dioxide which could help lower heart rates and blood pressure.
Kid Friendly Ways to Physically De-Stress
The "What's Your Name" fitness activity can be used to not only allow kids to decrease high energy levels, but can also be used as an example of how to de-stress through physical activity. What's your name, can also be tweaked so that all of the physical activities can be used. So let's have fun, get active, and de-stress!!
Calm Classroom Strategies:
This year we have been utilizing calm classroom strategies. These strategies may include breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, and focusing techniques. Even though these have typically been taught in the classroom, calm classroom strategies are versatile and flexible so these can be taken where ever our students go. Therefore, these are beneficial relaxation skills that can be used at home. Please click HERE to access some of our calm classroom strategies.