20 Ways to Help Students Who Struggle With Anxiety

  1. Create a safe and supportive environment in the classroom.
  2. Educate yourself about anxiety disorders and their symptoms.
  3. Encourage open communication and active listening.
  4. Teach stress management techniques, such as deep breathing and mindfulness.
  5. Provide opportunities for physical activity and exercise.
  6. Incorporate relaxation exercises into the daily routine.
  7. Offer resources for therapy or counseling services.
  8. Implement consistent and predictable routines.
  9. Break down tasks into smaller, manageable steps.
  10. Use visual aids and organizers to assist with organization and time management.
  11. Foster a sense of belonging and inclusivity among peers.
  12. Allow flexible seating arrangements to promote comfort.
  13. Give positive reinforcement and praise for efforts and progress.
  14. Keep parents and guardians informed and involved
  1. Offer study and test-taking strategies.
  2. Provide clear expectations and boundaries.
  3. Encourage healthy sleep habits.
  4. Create a quiet space for relaxation or self-regulation.
  5. Use technology and apps for anxiety management.
  6. Lead by example and practice self-care.

These strategies can help create a supportive and understanding environment where students feel empowered to manage their anxiety and thrive academically and emotionally.