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How to Help Middle School Children Cope with Anxiety: Strategies and Tips

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As a parent or caregiver, it can be difficult to see your child struggling with anxiety. However, there are steps you can take to help them cope with their anxiety and build resilience.

1. Validate Their Feelings

The first step in helping your child cope with anxiety is to validate their feelings. Let them know that it’s normal to feel anxious and that you understand their struggles. This will help them feel heard and supported, which can make a big difference in their ability to manage their anxiety.

2. Teach Relaxation Techniques

Teaching your child relaxation techniques can help them calm their mind and body when they’re feeling anxious. Deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery are all effective techniques that can be practiced at home. You can find many resources online or consider enrolling your child in a yoga or meditation class.

3. Encourage Physical Activity

Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve overall mental health. Encourage your child to participate in sports, dance, or other physical activities that they enjoy. Not only will this help them manage their anxiety, but it will also promote a healthy lifestyle.

4. Help Them Identify Triggers

Anxiety can be triggered by certain situations or events. Help your child identify their triggers and come up with a plan to manage them. For example, if your child gets anxious before a test, help them develop a study plan and practice relaxation techniques before the test.

5. Practice Positive Self-Talk

Negative self-talk can contribute to anxiety and low self-esteem. Encourage your child to practice positive self-talk by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. You can also help them create a gratitude journal where they can write down things they are thankful for each day.

6. Seek Professional Help

If your child’s anxiety is interfering with their daily life, it’s important to seek professional help. Bill Reichle will work with your child to develop coping strategies and address any underlying issues that may be contributing to their anxiety. Call Bill today! 

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Bill Reichle Owner, Mental Health Therapist
Bill is the owner of Avanti Consulting LLC. Bill consults and works with families, children, and adults.