Great idea for anxious kids.
Every kid gets stressed out and worried at times. Sometimes you can help them, and sometimes the worries just seem “too big”.
One strategy I teach in my clinic is for families to create a “Coping Kit”.
Instructions To Make: • Get a box.
• Write on small cards reminders of what your child can do when worried.
Read a book.
Listen to music.
Play with the dog.
Get a hug.
Anything that gives them an activity to calm down.
• Add in some physical activities to the box.
A squishy ball to squeeze.
bubbles to blow.
balloon to practice deep breathing.
• Add something to change the senses.
Something that smells nice like lavender.
Something to chew on like a mint.
• Add a small journal and pencil so they can write down their thoughts.
• Get creative!
What else could you and your child add to the Coping Kit that would help them to calm down?
A very creative family in my clinic made their own game to add to the box. Wow!
Instructions For Use: • Keep the box somewhere in sight and easy access.
• Talk about using the Coping Kit often.
• When your child is stressed go and get the box and coach them to use the tools inside.
• Do THREE strategies from the box to help shift cognitively and emotionally away from worries.
• Praise your child for taking control of their worries.
• Keep adding ideas to the Coping Kit and taking out things that your child says doesn’t help.
• Be a great role model and you use the Coping Kit when you are worried. How powerful would that be!
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Please keep in mind that this is general advice. If you have concerns for your or your child please seek the help of a professional.