There are many things your kids can do to help themselves when they feel anxious, but you may be wondering what you can do as a parent to make things better for your child when they experience worry or anxiety. Here are a few things to try:
1.) Take them outside for a few minutes and observe nature. Spending time outdoors in the sunshine and exploring in the elements can have a calming effect.
2.) Break it down. Instead of shutting it down, breaking the situation down into smaller parts can make the task feel more manageable, and kids will feel more capable of overcoming their fear.
3.) Explain how a little worry is helpful, sometimes. Worry is our body wanting us to do well in a scary or challenging situation. Worry can give us the energy we need to perform well, and also keeps us safe.
There are many wonderful ways to handle your child's anxiety, at all different ages, but in the moment, deciding how to handle it can seem overwhelming. Just remember that no matter what, simply being there and listening without reassuring or fixing is powerful enough. :)