Helping Young People Overcome Anxiety with Drama

Posted: April 23, 2020

Anxiety affects both children and adults the
same. Everyone is unique, which means that anxiety will not show itself in the
same exact way, but there are some signs that can help you identify anxiety in
your child. Many parents report noticing a change in their child’s social
habits; their desire to hang out with their friends or take part in
extracurricular activities decreases. Anxiety not only affects their social
habits, but it can hinder schoolwork and make completing day-to-day activities
extremely difficult. It is important that you have an open line of
communication with your child, so that you can come up with solutions together.

How to Manage Anxiety

The good news is that anxiety is not a
permanent state. Helping your child to understand that can help them in
managing their condition. One of the most common coping techniques is to learn
to control breathing. During a panic attack, the body sends more oxygen to the
brain, signaling it to fight or flight. All of the additional oxygen when not
used can cause young people to feel light-headed and dizzy, which is where
breathing comes in handy and allows them to regain control of their bodies.

At Lights Up Theatre, we introduce the concept of breathing techniques and exercise, which is beneficial for children and young people feeling anxiety. Breathing exercises on stage helps young people with vocal projection, line retention, and following the rules.

How We Address Anxiety

From the moment your children come into Lights Up Theatre Schools, we work hard to create a warm, inviting, and comfortable atmosphere. We encourage every child to speak to the group about anything that may be on their minds - whether it be good or bad, tell a story, or ask a question. Some children may not feel comfortable expressing themselves at school. Being in a group environment where they share a common interest with their peers, can get them to open up more and express themselves in the ways that they feel the most comfortable.

At Lights Up theatre, your child can learn a number of skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. At Lights Up Theatre Schools, we help your child develop interpersonal skills that can be overlooked in traditional schools. We encourage your child to interact with their peers, be a valuable and contributing member of a team, and think creatively. Not only do all of the young people that come to Lights Up Theatre Schools enjoy every day with us, but they also get the opportunity to explore new skills and meet new friends.

If you’d like to learn more about how drama can benefit your child, contact Lights Up Theatre Schools today.