What can we do when we feel worried?

Lots of things we see and hear at the moment can make us feel worried or anxious. It’s important to know that we in City Quay N.S. are here to support you in any way we can. Have a look at the activity below to give you some ideas of things we can do to help ourselves when we are worried.

The Owl and the Guard Dog

This is a super video which helps explain what happens to our brains when we are worried or we get a fright. The Owl and The Guard Dog explains why we can sometimes get so stressed that we canโ€™t even think straight โ€“ in brain terms itโ€™s how the amygdala sometimes hijacks the pre-frontal cortex. It can really help us to feel better when we understand what is happening to our brains when we get anxious or worried.

Here are some lovely ideas for a random act of kindness you can do today ๐Ÿ˜€

This Light Up the World with Kindness activity is taken from the “At Home with Weaving Well-being” resource book which can be downloaded below. And don’t worry if you can’t print off a copy, have a look at it online and then make your own lists… then you can send in a copy to Ms. McCaw’s phone 085 8330498 or email cityquayns@hotmail.com ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

How are you feeling?

There are no bad feelings or good feelings, but some feelings are more difficult for us to deal with than others. All of us feel anxious and worried from time to time. At the moment, we may be feeling these things more often than at other times. It’s very helpful to notice what anxiety feels like in our bodies and then do something to help ourselves feel calmer.

You can use this list to help you describe how you feel.

You can also draw the different physical sensations you experience when you feel different emotions.

You can always try some of the breathing exercises, stories or videos below to help you feel calmer. We hope they help.

This is a fantastic free e-book which is ideal for helping children understand these unusual times. https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx

Hi again from Ms. McElheron

We are together and we are safe

Ms. Gray recommended this lovely video, great for young children in particular, which might help anyone who is feeling nervous or worried.

And something for the parents and guardians… we have to mind ourselves too!

Square Breathing

Square breathing is a great technique which can help us to calm down when we’re feeling worried. You can do it anywhere, anytime. Give it a go!

Stories about Coronavirus

Stories are a helpful way to address children’s anxieties and answer difficult questions in these challenging times.

This is a great book for older kids, illustrated by the wonderful Axel Scheffler who also illustrated The Gruffalo.

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‘Dave the Dog’ is a particularly good one for younger children. You can download the book below or watch a video of it being read.

Breathe 5

A quick and easy breathing technique you can use anytime you feel worried or anxious.

Pizza Massage

All the 5th and 6th Class pupils will remember doing lots of Pizza Massages from their Friends for Life sessions. Here’s a short video explaining how to do it… give it a go!