Anxiety is a very real problem for many kids and teens, and there is no “quick fix.” However, there are techniques you can use to help a child struggling with anxiety and some of them are quite simple.
This paper airplane technique requires only one piece of paper (almost any type will do), some sort of writing utensil and time to talk to the child dealing with anxiety.
Here’s how it works.
- Sit down with the anxious child and talk about the things that are causing them anxiety. You can guide the conversation, but make sure to allow the child to lead the conversation and discuss their own anxieties.
- As you discuss each item which causes anxiety, have the child write it (or draw it) on the piece of paper.
- Take the opportunity to talk about different breathing techniques and other things the child can do to help when they feel themselves getting anxious.
- When you are done listing things on the paper, make a paper airplane. If you’re not a paper airplace afficianado, you can find instructions here.
- Have the child throw the paper airplace across the room or, ideally, into a trash can.