Be kind to you.
This week is an important week – It’s Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Week.
We all know it is so very important to look after our mental wellbeing, be kind to others and not forgetting be kind to ourselves.
This is a very strange time for all of us. Many will be feeling worried or concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health. If this is the case please don’t suffer in silence, reach out and seek support. The support available is there to help anyone and everyone.
Visit the MHF website to find resources and information that you may find helpful.
Try using a worry box at home if you think your child is feeling anxious or stressed.
Why It Helps:
Sometimes, to really help deal with stress, you need to take some focused time to think and talk about your worries.
It is helpful to limit the amount of time that you are dwelling on these worries.
Using a worry box is a good way to help manage stressful feelings. By using a worry box, you can focus and think about the things that are making you worry, and then contain your worries in the box for someone else to hold on to for safe keeping. You can then come back and talk about your worries again at a set time. This will support you and your family in dealing with your worries as realistically as you can. It also allows a special place for the worries so you have some relief from feeling like you always need to be carrying them with you.
Make a worry box
Make this a joint activity that you do together so children can feel that it has worth amongst your family.
Something you all see as important. Decorate your box any way you would like. Make this a fun activity.
How to do it:
You will need
an empty box
sticky paper / pictures / wrapping paper / craft materials
scale 1 – 10
After making your worry box together you can:
- Set aside a short amount of time, maybe 15-30 minutes.
- Take pieces of paper or sticky notes and write your worries on the notes.
- Using a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being a little worried and 10 being the most worried), place the worries along the scale. This will help you get a better idea of what is bothering you and how much it is bothering you. (Parents could help younger children to write down their worries).
- Take time to talk about each worry, and as you talk about it, put it in your worry box.
- Once all your worries are in the box, give it to your trusted adult to hold on to.
- Set up the next time you will come and discuss your worries. It could be later that day or another day.
- The next time, start with the worries in the box, and place them on the scale. Have any of them moved? Do you have any other worries you need to add in? Are you still worried about this?