How to help our children with anxiety: using workbooks

Many of our children struggle with anxiety; especially if they have SEN or disabilities. The anxiety has only been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic and the many disruptions to their lives. I’m often asked for recommendations of emotional literacy resources and workbooks to help with anxiety. Here are a few of the favourites- let me know if you’ve used them or there’s any others you have found particularly helpful.

P x

No Worries! Mindful Kids: An activity book for children who sometimes feel anxious or stressed

No Worries! is an interactive self-care activity book for children aged 7+ to colour and doodle their way to happiness, calm and confidence.

The encouraging and simple activities and exercises tackle anxiety, sadness and stress; children will enjoy using their creativity to combat negative feelings, work out why they feel worried and how to put stress back in its place through writing, colouring, doodling and drawing.

Featuring the charming and quirky illustrations of Katie Abey, a UK-based illustrator. Her quirky pictures will keep the reader entertained and focused as they work through the book, or simply dip into the pages for ten minutes of calm colouring.

CBT strategies to help kids ages 6 to 10 stand up to anxiety and feel calm

Worrying all the time can stop kids from having fun with friends, hobbies, sports, or school. The CBT Workbook for Kids helps them get back to doing the things they love. The ideas and activities inside use proven, up-to-date cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to help manage―or even change―worried thoughts and feelings.

This CBT workbook is an emotional toolbox for any anxious child, full of methods to help lower anxiety. First it helps them figure out what’s going on in their heads, and then it gives them tools to change it. Fun quizzes, drawing challenges, and fill-in-the-blank exercises show them new ways to look at each worry.

The CBT Workbook for Kids includes:

  • Helpful skills―Learn techniques for expressing feelings, dealing with anger, staying focused, and making smart decisions.
  • Relaxation strategies―Discover everyday calming methods, like creating a morning routine, asking for help, and facing fears a tiny bit at a time.
  • Experiences from other kids―Each chapter in this CBT workbook has stories about how other kids might experience anxiety, too.

Helps kids take a deep breath, face their fears, and win with this CBT workbook!

Conquer anxiety and calm your body and mind–a workbook for teens ages 13 and up

Anxiety is a difficult emotion to manage, and the added stressors of teenage life can make it feel impossible to overcome. But you have the power to handle it–you just need the right tools. Unlock your ability to conquer anxiety with this therapeutic workbook. The exercises teach you practical, effective techniques to tackle worrying in the moment―so it doesn’t ruin your day and run your life.

You’ll find out how to identify the types of anxiety you’re experiencing–general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, or phobias. Using strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices, you’ll learn how to manage your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. With helpful examples of real scenarios teenagers face at school, home, or with friends, this book is your secret weapon against anxiety in any situation.

The Conquer Anxiety Workbook for Teens lets you:

  • Soothe your mind―Learn how anxiety plays tricks on your mind, and find out how to be more realistic and confident while correcting “thinking errors” and old beliefs.
  • Understand your body―Discover immediate calming strategies like body scanning, taking charge of your anxious alter-ego, creating a self-care routine, and more.
  • Write in the book―This workbook has lined space to invite you to answer questions, try thoughtful exercises, and take quizzes right on the page.

Release stress and worry while you nurture your mental health with the Conquer Anxiety Workbook for Teens.

Big Life Journal (ages 7-10)

Big Life Journal helps children develop strong Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and growth mindset skills through inspiring stories, colourful illustrations, and engaging guided activities.

In this illustrated journal, children discover:

  • how to believe in themselves
  • how to face challenges with confidence 
  • mistakes are opportunities to grow 
  • they can achieve anything when they’re persistent

Are there any others that are your particular favourites? Let me know in the comments 🙂

P x

Peta Maria Slaney

SEN advisor. Mum. Writer. Spoonie. Shakespeare buff. INFJ. Bibliophile.

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