Worrying is completely natural. Children will experience a build up of frustrations and disappointment in their little bodies and minds, and this will naturally cause them to worry. It is important to help our kids to understand what makes them anxious and then to guide them to find solutions for this. Offering comfort, reassurance, and helping to keep things in perspective can help our kids to manage these big feelings. These worry worksheets will help you either teach or discuss these things with your class or your child.
This idea is taken from Manisha Taylor’s book; 50 Wellbeing Lessons for the Diverse Primary Classroom. Manisha is the owner of Swaggarlicious, where she provides mental health support to children.
50 Wellbeing Lessons for the Diverse Primary Classroom
by Manisha Taylor
Manisha became passionate about helping to support children’s wellbeing from an early age when her twin brother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at 18.
Since then, she has used her time and skills to help to provide mental health support to children, and this book offers 50 activities and ideas for parents and teachers to try with their children. The aim to to support kids to develop ways to understand and manage their feelings from an early age.
The book is suitable for ages 8 to 11, and available from Amazon.
What is the focus for the Worry Worksheets?
The learning from this activity is focused on helping children to understand what makes them worried, and to discuss coping strategies for those worries:
- Helping kids to talk about and respond to a number of different emotions / feelings,
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of depression,
- Understand when you need to reach out and ask for support, and
- Be in a position to help and support others that need it.
How to use the anxiety activity for kids
The focus for this is to understand those “big” or negative thoughts and feelings and then help them to manage the worries associated with them.
One of the important things to ask kids is:
What types of things make you worry?
We can then help kids to explore what it is about these things that cause the worry, and how it makes them feel.
We can then explain to the children that worrying about things can cause stress, and that worry can then affect:
- What they are thinking
- How they are feeling, and
- How they behave.
Talking about those feelings can then help to release any negative emotions and enable them to find solutions as well, for themselves.
We have a fabulous activity sheet to go with this. The worry worksheet will help children to understand just what it is that they are worrying about.
Use the sheet – which you can download by clicking on the button below – to get kids to talk about what they are worried about at the moment.
Writing the worries down can help to release negative tension associated with those worries, but will also help them to think about solutions to those problems as well. It can provide additional insights to the worries.
In addition to this, it might mean that they feel less alone in those worries because they realise that others are feeling the same, or similar as well.
Key questions to chat about alongside using the activity are:
- What things make you worry?
- How does worrying make me feel?
- What can you do to manage big feelings?
Don’t forget to check out some of the other activities that we have from Manisha’s book on the site, including managing feeling and emotion, and an intro to mental health too. We also have a mental health series that will complement this activity really well.
We have a whole section on mindfulness that you might like to explore if you have the time. Here are some specific posts that we think that you might like from the site:
We do actually have a number of resources specifically focused on anxiety and worries too that are worth taking a look at as well – including another Balloon activity using a book:
It isn’t all about KiddyCharts of course though, there are plenty of other resources on mindfulness to take a look at too:
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