10 things I can do when I feel anxious or unfocussed at school

These self-regulation coping strategies for children are useful when they’re in the classroom and feel anxious, upset, sad, unfocussed, or nervous. Try them at home too!

  1. Push against the wall as hard as I can, and then relax my body.
  2. Count from 1 to 10, and then from 10 to 1, in coordination with my breathing.
  3. Place my hands over my ears and breathe slowly and deeply, listening to the sound my breathing makes.
  4. Give myself or a stuffed toy a great big hug.
  5. Ask permission to take a short walk down the corridor or stairs, and then come back.
  6. Zoom in on my senses: 5 things I can see, 4 things I can feel, 3 things I can hear, 2 things I can smell, and 1 thing I can taste.
  7. Visualise a person in my life who supports me or cheers me on.
  8. Imagine a peaceful or calming place.
  9. Squeeze my fists together as hard as I can, hold, and then relax my hands.
  10. Ask if I can do my work standing up.

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