5 Best Apps for helping kids with anxiety

Anxiety symptoms are common in children and adolescents, with 10-20% of school-aged children experiencing anxiety symptoms. An even larger number of children experience stress that does not qualify as an anxiety disorder. So how can you help to reduce your child's anxiety and stress?

Children can learn to cope with anxiety by learning two crucial skills: Calming Down and Solving Problems. Knowing how to help your child manage his or her anxiety can go a long way in helping them behave better.

These apps can help children learn ways to manage their fears and reduce their anxieties. It teaches our kids coping strategies so they can use them to help them deal with whatever troubling event they encounter as well as boosting their resilience for life.

Looking for apps to help your child deal with anxiety? Check the list of best mindfulness apps for helping children with anxiety and stress.

Headspace: Guided Meditation

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Headspace: Guided Meditations and Mindfulness takes a calm, relaxed approach to bringing calm relaxation into the lives of kids. The app uses common meditation techniques - such as body scans, becoming aware of environmental sounds, breath awareness, breath counting, and more - to establish a serene, aware space for the mind to rest. Kids can learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness. As kids follow the instructions and are reminded by the app to meditate each day, they can develop the habit of making time for personal growth and self-reflection in different situations, such as bedtime and waking up.

Stop, Breathe & Think: Meditation and Mindfulness

( iPad - Free )

Stop, Breathe & Think is a free mindfulness and meditation app that encourages kids for developing positive habits of mind for kids and adults. Kids can experience guided meditation exercises from their mobile devices. Teachers and Parents who practice mindfulness have more mental clarity and flexibility, are better able to listen and as a result, make better decisions. At Stop, Breathe & Think, they believe that taking a few minutes each day to feel the calm is as important as regular exercise to reduce stress at work and increase engagement and creativity.

DreamyKid • Meditation App Just For Kids

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

DreamyKid Meditation App for Kids is an easy-to-use meditation tool that includes kid-friendly guided visualizations, affirmations, and meditations. Kids can listen to selections for promoting relaxation, falling asleep more easily, focusing for school, and more - living a happier and healthier life.

Positive Penguins HD

( iPad - £1.49 )

At a time when bullying and depression is on the increase amongst children and adolescents, an educational app to help build self esteem and optimism has been created by a Melbourne schoolgirl and her family. Positive Penguins is one of a kind. The app is a simple, interactive, educational tool to help children understand their emotions and to experience them in a positive way. It also provides children with practical ways to understand and cope with these emotions and, most importantly, change the way they think.

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Breathe, Think, and Do with Sesame app helps kids learn to deal with frustrating situations using the "breathe, think, do" method. They'll learn to take long, deep belly breaths to calm down, think of a few strategies to handle the problem, and then do those things. They'll develop resilience as they overcome frustrations and challenges on their own.