Q&A Thursday: Helping your child cope

Q: What are some ideas to help my child cope with anxiety?

A: The Don’t Worry, Be Happy List

As we talked about recently, way too many coping skills are available for our kids today…coping skills which inevitably hurt them and hurt us as we watch them struggle.  We had a group of 8th and 9th graders at Daystar who came up with a different list (named by them, as well)…a list of things they have found that help them when they’re anxious.  We thought you might enjoy reading (and even doing) some of the following.  Put it on your fridge.  Share it with your kids.  We believe you’ll be a little less worried and a little more grateful by the end.

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  • Listen to music
  • Talk to yourself about it reassuringly
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Talk to group or youth group
  • Watch TV
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Text someone you trust
  • Help someone else with something they’re having issues with
  • Look at photos
  • Go for a walk or run
  • Sing
  • Write a song
  • Surround yourself with positive influences
  • Cry into a very soft, fuzzy blanket
  • Play with your dog
  • Watch funny videos
  • Draw
  • Take pictures of nature
  • Take a nap
  • Organize your closet
  • Dance
  • Take a bath
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Go to church
  • Memorize Bible verses or quotes
  • Write quotes and verses in a book and then read over it
  • Read Jesus Calling
  • Read old letters people have written you that encourage you
  • Paint your nails
  • Hug something or someone
  • Think of people that you love
  • Think about what number it is on a big picture scale
  • Make a thankful list

We will continue our discussion on anxiety in the coming weeks. Join us!