Take several slow deep breaths. This simple action activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which acts like a brake pedal in the car and can lower the stress response.
Approach avoidance. Anxiety responds to taking the perceived safest route. Avoidance often results in a vicious cycle of that leads to increased anxiety and stress. Encourage your student to try to notice what is being avoided and take steps towards it rather than away. For example: Instead of avoiding starting a term paper, set aside 15 minutes to focus on the paper. They can approach in small intervals if needed.
Break up overwhelming tasks in small doable steps and include self-care breaks.
As a parent, it can be painful to watch your student experience anxiety and stress. However, helping them develop habits to express their feelings can be a crucial step in growing up.
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