Here are some simple ideas to help children manage stress, anxiety and worries.1 Soothing music can be relaxing. When you feel stressed, put on some relaxing music and let the music carry you away 2 Next time you feel stressed, take a few slow, deep breaths 3 One of the most relaxing scents is lavender. Add a few drops to a plastic spray bottle and spray into the air for some calm 4 Close your eyes and imagine you are somewhere more relaxing such as lying on a beach. See if you can feel the cool breeze on your skin and listen to the sounds of the ocean waves 5 When you feel stressed, take a short walk in the open air and breathe! 6 If you feel stressed, repeat to yourself, `I am calm`, `I am calm`, `I am calm` 7 Take regular breaks during the day to de-stress, Spend a few minutes doing something you love or simply chat with a friend 8 Keep a gratitude diary - make a list of all the things you love and are grateful for - this is a great exercise to help you feel calm and collected 9 If you are a worrier, write down your worries and make a list of all the things you can do to solve the problem 10 Slow your breathing down and imagine the muscles around your neck becoming soft and relaxed. 11 A warm lavender bath or a trip to the spa is a great de-stressor - you owe it to yourself! 12 If you feel stressed, listen to classical music as it has been proven to slow down the heart rate 13 Reduce stress by becoming mindful. Spend a few moments sitting quietly and noticing everything around you 14 If you feel stressed, say to yourself “I’m breathing out” as you exhale and say to yourself “I’m breathing in” as you inhale 15 Exercise to reduce stress - take a walk or run for 15 minutes and you’ll feel so much better 16 If you feel you need to relax - make a pledge to care for yourself and take regular breaks from your busy life 17 Get up early and spend just 10 minutes closing your eyes and relaxing 18 Make sure you laugh lots - it is a brilliant de-stressor! More activities and tips can be found on our blog and in our library! Please pass it on and tell all your friends If you have found this blog helpful please pass it on to your friends, colleagues, schools and nurseries and help us help more families and schools.