The first step to helping children cope with anxiety and worry is for them to understand what they both are. Many children get caught up with 'what if?' worries, adults too, and so it's important that we support their learning in this area; the problem is that a lot of us never received this kind of emotional education either.
Teaching children problem-solving skills is an important life skill that can boost self-esteem and reduce anxiety. Many children confuse worry with anxiety, become uncomfortable with their thoughts, and feel they have no control. Our free resources are developed to be used in stages to help nurture this skill in children and young people. We also offer these as separate lessons and as a scheme of work for schools.
A worksheet to help you explore worry with children, how they feel and what they can do to help them to feel more secure. Can they problem solve it? DO they need a distraction?
Helping you to work out what worry is and what the things are that might be causing you to worry.
Helping children to understand what kind of worry they have helps them to understand if they can problem solve it or need to utilise a coping strategy.
The Worry Tree can help you to work out whether the worry you have is an actual worry, or a future based worry.
Our problem solving guide helps you to find a potential solution to a problem and begin to implement that plan.
What adds stress into your bucket? What helps you with those stressors? If your worry is not one that you can problem solve, try exploring the triggers for your stress and overwhelm.
You probably have lots of different thoughts and feelings about your problem. This can make our head feel fuzzy! Use this mind map to help you process, work through and understand them.