Empowering Anxious Children: 10 Proven Strategies Backed by Top Psychologists

Today, we’re tackling a critical topic—empowering anxious children effectively.

We understand the importance of evidence-based strategies, so we’ve gathered advice from top psychologists to guide you. Let’s explore these ten proven strategies to help your anxious child.

1. Encourage Open Communication

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Tamar Chansky, Clinical Psychologist

Create a safe space for your child to express their feelings. Encouraging open communication helps them articulate their anxieties and feel heard.

“I’m here for you.”

Check out our episode Episode 1- Better Communication

2. Practice Mindfulness

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Eli Lebowitz, Clinical Psychologist

Introduce mindfulness techniques to your child, such as deep breathing and meditation. These practices can help them stay grounded in the present moment.

“Let’s take deep breaths together.”

Check out our blog: 8 easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your day

3. Set Realistic Goals

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Clinical Psychologist

Work with your child to set achievable goals related to their anxieties. Celebrate their progress and focus on the steps they take, no matter how small.

4. Teach Coping Strategies

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Mary Alvord, Clinical Psychologist

Equip your child with effective coping strategies, such as positive self-talk, visualization, or progressive muscle relaxation, to manage anxiety.

“It’s okay to be anxious sometimes.”

Check out How to Teach Emotional Intelligence to Children: 30 Powerful Activities

5. Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Reid Wilson, Clinical Psychologist

Encourage regular exercise, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep. A healthy lifestyle can significantly impact a child’s ability to manage anxiety.

Check out Mental Health Awareness: 7 Pillars to Strong Mental Wellbeing

6. Address the ‘What If’ Thinking

Psychologist Reference: Dr. John Piacentini, Clinical Psychologist

Help your child challenge and reframe their ‘what if’ thinking. Guide them in focusing on realistic and positive outcomes.

“What’s the worst that could happen?

Check out: Episode 3- How to Stop Self-Sabotage

7. Gradual Exposure to Anxieties

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Laura Markham, Clinical Psychologist

Introduce a systematic approach to gradually expose your child to their anxiety triggers. This desensitization process can reduce anxiety over time.

“You are so brave.”

8. Maintain Routine and Predictability

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Paul Stallard, Clinical Psychologist

Establish a consistent daily routine to provide structure and predictability. Knowing what to expect can ease anxiety for children.

“Let’s focus on the present.”

Check out: How to create a bedtime routine that sticks

9. Model Calm Behavior

Psychologist Reference: Dr. Laura Kastner, Clinical Psychologist

Be a role model for managing stress and anxiety. Children often learn by observing, so demonstrating calm behavior can be highly beneficial.

“We’ll figure this out together.”

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10. Seek Professional Support

Psychologist Reference: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

If your child’s anxiety persists or significantly impairs their daily life, consider seeking professional help from a qualified child psychologist or therapist.


Empowering anxious children is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and evidence-based strategies. By incorporating these proven techniques into your child’s daily life, you can empower them to manage anxiety effectively. Remember that every child is unique, and it’s crucial to tailor your approach to their specific needs.

At Bettering Youth, we are committed to providing holistic support for our students and their families, nurturing emotional wellbeing and resilience. Thank you for joining us on this journey to bettering youth.

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