Decorate an empty jar and label it ‘Worries’. Encourage your child or young person to draw or write any worries they have on separate bits of paper, fold them up and put them in the jar. Decide on a time (not before bed) to look at all the worries. Some may have gone and you can decide together how to throw them away, some may stay. This is a clear visual way to see how worries come and go.
Decorate an empty jar and label it ‘Happiness’. Encourage your child to draw or write anything that makes them feel happy. This is another clear, visual way for your child to see how there are positive parts in their lives.
Decide on a place together in your home where they feel safe. Make a den with blankets, pillows, fairy lights, pictures, toys – anything that is comfortable and appealing. This can be a place of comfort and safety which you have made and thought about together where they can spend time and seek comfort in times of challenges.