Anxiety Support Resources
An anxiety log can help you spot patterns in your child’s behavior. Then you may find it easier to choose calming strategies that work. Tracking signs of anxiety in your young child or signs of anxiety in your tween or teen can also help you figure out if what you’re seeing is typical anxiety or an anxiety problem.
This anxiety log, created by Understood and CHC, has three pages. Try using them in this order:
- Start with an anxiety tracker. This can help you take notes about when and where your child gets anxious. Think of this tracker as a very organized diary. Each entry has spots where you can note which signs of anxiety you noticed, how intense your child’s feelings were, and what helped your child calm down. And because a caregiver’s reactions can affect a child’s anxiety, the tracker also has space to rate how stressed you felt when your child was getting anxious.
- Then, use the anxiety pattern finder to help you spot trends based on the details you’ve logged in the anxiety tracker. Two to three weeks of entries may be enough to help you find some patterns and start looking for ways to ease your child’s worries.
- Finally, use the calming strategies worksheet to help you think about what works best for your child. For example, does your child need to be near you to calm down? Or is it better to have quiet time alone? Your child may have helpful insights, so look for a calm moment to brainstorm together. Filling out this worksheet can also help you prepare to talk with your child’s teacher or doctor.