Ceren Celebi. Provisional Psychologist
While some level of anxiety is normal in children, excessive anxiety can interfere with a child’s daily activities or quality of life.
There are several apps available that can help children manage their anxiety. It can provide children with tools and strategies to help them identify, challenge, and reframe negative thoughts, as well as develop emotional intelligence and mindfulness.
Here are 5 helpful apps to help support an anxious child:
1. Headspace for Kids: Headspace is a popular mindfulness app that offers a special section for kids. This app provides a range of guided meditations, breathing exercises, and visualizations that are designed to help children manage their anxiety and stress.
2. Stop, Breathe & Think Kids: This app uses fun and engaging activities to help children develop emotional intelligence and mindfulness. It includes a range of guided meditations, breathing exercises, and mindful activities that can help children manage anxiety and improve their overall well-being.
3. Worry Box: Worry Box is a cognitive-behavioural therapy app designed to help children cope with worry and anxiety. The app offers a range of tools and strategies to help children identify, challenge, and reframe negative thoughts.
4. Smiling Mind: Smiling Mind is a mindfulness app designed specifically for children and adolescents. The app offers guided meditations and mindfulness exercises that are tailored to the age and developmental stage of the user.
5. Calm. This app is a popular meditation and relaxation app that offers a range of guided meditations and breathing exercises that can help children manage anxiety and stress. The app also offers sleep stories and other relaxation techniques that can help children calm down and relax before bed.
It is important to note that while these apps can be helpful, they should not be used as a replacement for professional help. If a child’s anxiety is severe or interferes with daily activities, it is important to seek professional support from a mental health professional.