We’re sure you’re seeing a lot of students dealing with feelings of anxiousness and worry, and it may be difficult to know how to help, especially if you’re trying to cope with your own worries.
With the anxiety worksheets below, you can assist your students by helping them identify the source of their anxiety and with coping strategies that can be used to deal with those feelings.
But since anxiety looks a lot different for students in elementary school versus students in middle school, we have created two separate lessons, and both lessons are available as PDF worksheets.
Note: These worksheets are typable, and you have our permission to add them to your Google Classroom or other remote learning platforms.
Anxiety Worksheets for Elementary Students
In this lesson students will identify issues that bring on anxiety using a writing activity, and learn about square breathing as a tool to help them cope.
Prep: Print worksheets for your students and hand out the first one titled “Fill Up Your Worry Cup”
Prompt: Let your students know that we all have things we worry about, they may be big or small, and they may make us feel uneasy. [You may want to share a personal example of something you are worried about]. Explain that feelings of worry can creep up on us, but talking about those feelings with others can often make us feel better.
Say, “Let’s take a few minutes to write down a few things that you are worried about”
Give the students some writing time
After students have completed the writing assignment, discuss examples as a class or in small groups.
Next: Hand out the square breathing worksheet. Review the instructions with students and do the exercises together as a group. Explain that this breathing technique is a tool in our toolbox that we can take out when we feel anxious or worried.
Give your students some other examples of calming/coping skills:
- Imagine your favorite place
- Picture the people you care about
- Take a break (a walk around)
Anxiety Worksheets for Older Students
In many cases, anxiety begins with thoughts of being embarrassed or judged for something that hasn’t even happened. And these thoughts can escalate into bigger worries to the point of feeling out of control. This lesson helps your students unpack and identify thoughts that may be causing worry or anxiety.
Prompt: Our thoughts are closely linked to our emotions and when there is something on our mind that we’re worried about, we may feel anxious or uneasy.
Today we’re going to write down something that we may be worried about. This can be completely private and you do not need to share it with anyone, this exercise is for you.
Then, we’ll break down our thoughts to help figure out if our worry is based on feelings or actual facts.
*Give the students time to write*
Use the questions below to examine and break down the thought. Ask yourself:
- “Is my thought based on a feeling or a fact?”
- “Is it possible for my thought to come true?”
- “What’s the worst that can happen if it does come true?”
- “Will it still matter to me tomorrow or in the future?”
- “What can I do to handle the situation in a positive way?
Prompt: Explain that by asking these questions, we will discover that we have the power to control how we feel about thoughts that creep into our mind. With this power, we can calm down and come back to a place where we feel in control.
The answers to the questions will show students that most of the time, whatever they are thinking can be broken down to a point where they can feel better about what is causing them to feel anxious.
In addition to the strategy above, there are a couple of additional coping strategies provided on page two of their worksheet.