What do you do When you Feel Worried? What do you kids do when they feel worried? Anxiety is a real thing. News, family, health all impact our feelings and sometimes it’s tough to navigate worried feelings (for adults and kids). Here are a few things you can do when you feel worried…
When You Feel Worried
- Read something which has nothing to do with your worry. A magazine. A book. Fun facts. For kids, reading with an adult can be an opportunity to cuddle in and feel a physical connection, hear a soothing voice, and be distracted with a favourite story.
- Bullet journal or write a letter to get the feeling out. It can be as simple as writing bullet point keywords or writing a whole in-depth discourse putting on paper what you are feeling and why you might be feeling that way. Then, when it’s written. Put it aside and move on to something else.
- Listening to music can be a great distraction from worry. From full-out dance party with blaring music to putting on headphones and listening to chill tracks. Music can be a great way to reset your emotions.
- Do something creative. Draw. Colour. Paint. Write a story. Draw a comic book.
You might want to try some activities here on Parent Club.
- Watch a favourite movie or TV show and escape your worry for a bit.
- Go outside. This is a great way to change your scenery, breathe fresh air, and move your body a bit. Somehow, the world feels bigger and brighter when you go outside for a bit.
- Have a warm shower or bath. Even in the middle of the day, immersing yourself in water is a physical and sensory change which impacts your emotions positively.
- Do something productive. Tidy the toys. Match socks. Bake (for me, baking is the best to de-stress myself.
An important thing to do when you feel worried…
- Reach out to someone. Talk. Call. Email. Text. Video chat. As they say, “You need to check on your strong friends”, I think you really need to check on everyone.
If you don’t know where to start the conversation on your kids feeling worried or anxious Kids Help Phone has a lot of great (free) resources. You could also check trusted sources like children’s hospitals, government websites, and your health care provider.