Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ease Your Child's Anxiety With a Worry Box

By: Jamie Perillo, LPC

       Do you have an anxious child and struggle with how to ease their worries? Try using a worry box. By making one with your child, you provide support and empower them to cope with their difficult feelings. When your child feels anxious invite them to use a tool from their Worry Box. The more confident your child is in handling their anxiety, the less anxious they will be.

        We recently finished a worry box in the office for bed-time anxiety and within four weeks the child was sleeping in their own bedroom (a first) and sleeping through the night.

Here is a list of 21 anxiety easing tools your child can add to their worry box:

1.      Homemade stress ball

2.      Mindfulness coloring books and crayons

3.      Positive affirmation or mantra cards

4.      Cards or picture that remind your child to take deep breaths

5.      Relaxing music

6.      Thought challenging charts and worksheets

7.      A book

8.      The Feelings Thermometer. (www.inspiredfamilies.com to print your own)

9.      Photos that your child perceives as calming such as family, friends,  or vacation memories

10.  Putty or clay

11.  Worry stone

12.  Lavender scented pillow or satchel

13.  Water bottle

14.  Pictures of a few yoga postures or exercises

15.  Journal

16.  Stuffed animal or blanket

17.  A water bottle filled with a little food coloring and glitter to shake (Not for drinking)

18.  Sound machine with calming nature sounds

19.  Flashlight

20.  A supportive note from mom or dad

21.  Worry dolls or a worry box/jar where your child can write or draw their worry then put it away in the box