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Be Well, Think Well: Recognizing and Managing Anxiety Social Stories

Sometimes I might feel scared or worried. This is called anxiety.

I may feel like my heart is beating fast like a drum.

I may feel like I can’t breathe.

My stomach may hurt, or I may feel like I'm going to throw up.

I may feel like I want to run away or hide.

I may feel angry or frustrated.

It may be hard for me to sit still and not move around.

It might be hard for me to think or I may feel confused.

When I feel like this, it's important to tell a friend or trusted adult.

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Sometimes I feel anxious.

This is okay. I can use tools to feel better.

I can take a break, sit some place quiet, and close my eyes.

I can imagine myself some place relaxing, like on a beach or with my family.

I can think about things that make me happy.

I can take 5 slow deep breaths in through my nose and out through my mouth.

I can drink a glass of water.

I can exercise, stretch, or take a walk.

I can do a relaxing activity, such as drawing, listening to music, or reading.

I can use a relaxation toy, such as a fidget toy or stress ball.

I can talk to a trusted friend or family member.

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Be Well, Think Well: Recognizing Anxiety Social Story This social story describes how to recognize anxiety. pdf Download file: Be Well, Think Well: Recognizing Anxiety Social Story
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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.