Kids feeling uncomfortable about a test, a performance or a tough conversation is part of life. Encourage your kid to create a worry journal to help alleviate daily anxieties.
- For one week, if you feel worried or anxious, take out your journal and write down how you feel. You can write a few sentences, draw pictures, paint or even make a collage.
- At the end of the week, revisit your journal and reflect on what you wrote down. Try answering the following questions:
- Did this worry stay in your thoughts only or were there physical reactions as well?
- Was this worry specific, such as tomorrow’s math test, or about school work in general?
- Did worrying about this lead to steps you could take to solve the problem?
- Connect with your family and friends. Do they have the same worries as you?
- Think about how can you support one another.
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