As soon as I read, The Don't Worry Book by Todd Parr I wanted to somehow find funding to put this book in the hands of every classroom and home. We all worry and Todd validates that on the first page and then defines worry on the next. He then shares examples of when we could worry with his bright drawings that show detail for those worry emotions. His worry examples cover all ages; from when you are trying to sleep, use the bathroom or have too many things to do. I love the two pages where he address technology usage; "when watching TV or from looking at screens too much."
The second half of the book shares ways to help overcome your worries; talking to someone special, dancing, and why not put a pair of underwear on your head. I can just imagine my second graders bursting out with giggles. Another suggestion that I imagine being a good list to write down is to remember the things that make you strong. He closes his story with an image of different people. The people who love you and will take care of you. We all need to remember we have others to reach out to and that okay.
"Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act." (mental health.gov) I hope you find this post helpful in supporting mental wellness. "Wellness is an approach to preventing illness and prolonging life as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases." (dictionary.com)
Let's be proactive in and out of our classrooms. If you are looking for more resources Nationwide Children's Hospital here in Columbus, Ohio has valuable resources and movement to transform children's mental heath. #OnOurSleeves