My oldest daughter recently started going to a new therapist for her severe anxiety. I am amazed at the difference in her I have seen just by finding the right therapist! She never opened up to our last therapist and the new one just has her talking and being free in our sessions. Recently she had my girl create a calm box for her anxieties and worries. Whenever she feels scared or nervous, she can pull out the objects in the box to try and soothe her worries.
Creating a Calm Box for Your Child
A calm box is a type of box includes different items for kids with anxiety. Some calm boxes are catered to certain anxiety disorders, like items that make a child with anger issues settle down their mind, while other boxes include different colors and textures for kids with sensory issues. My daughter has issues with general anxiety and it helped to make her box pretty and fun with decorations outside, while putting things inside the box that would help slow her racing thoughts when she gets panicky.
Something Soft and Cuddly
Various Colors and Textures
In addition to the fidget toys, you might want to put other items that have various colors and textures. This will depend on the age of your child and what they are most interested in. Just think of items they can use, figure out, or play with that will give them more textures and bright colors to bring them away from what is giving them anxiety and focus on their other senses.
When my daughter made her calm box, her therapist told her exactly what it was, what it is for, and why she needs it. She’s really enjoyed having the box so far and even tells people about it. I think when we have some downtime I will work with her on decorating it more and filling it with more items.
Do you have ideas of other items that can go in the calm box? Please comment below with your ideas and suggestions!