We use this sheet, which I print out as business card size—with 10 to a page, cut to size and hand a small stack to the student. You can keep track for a day or two for a younger student, to a week or two for an older student. Envelopes or small decorated Altoid mint containers make excellent collection bins for the filled out sheets. Students are given the directions of filling out a sheet for each worry they have during the day. When the specified amount of time is over, we regroup and look at all their worries and evaluate how bad they actually were. It’s amazing when a stack of worries, becomes a very minuscule pile of papers, or many times, no pile at all. The discarded pile can then be destroyed. I find that kids love it when I put a garbage can on the table, for them to crumple and throw their unnecessary worries into.
As students begin to realize that there are some things that are genuine concerns, there are many things that are pointless to spend time worrying about. Evaluating one’s worries can help to increase levels of confidence because they know they were insignificant in the past and they can get through a situation or thought.
What are some ways you have helped students examine worries and anxiety? Leave a comment below and share your ideas.