Today marks the beginning of an exciting new way of working for The Worry Wizard®✨. The #BlueSkyFoundation, as part of their recent grant offer through the Community Foundation for Merseyside, have offered to fund The Worry Wizard's 'Introducing Wellbeing' programme or 'Activate Your Wellbeing' Programme to four Community groups working with primary age children across Merseyside 💙. This way of working has been made possible by the wonderful support and guidance offered by t
We are so proud of each and every one of our Worry Wizard schools 🏫. Supporting and learning from each of our schools is what we love to do; thank you for being a very important part of The Worry Wizard Community ✨. Our Chief Doodler, Chay, has created this icon for our Worry Wizard schools to use. I would like to welcome the new schools who joined The Worry Wizard Community last week 🌍. We are so glad you've joined us. If you would like to find out more about how you can
There is such a high level of difficulty right now. Children’s mental health is really struggling. I’m asking the children and young people I support to notice what is occupying their thoughts and feelings, where are they are choosing to place their focus? To help with this, I ask them to do a ‘foot check’. Where are you placing your feet? In the pain or in the possibility? Sometimes you notice both your feet are deep in the pain. The pain occupies your thoughts, fuels your
We all know Kindness Matters (this year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week). But do we really need to be kind to ourselves? Here, The Worry Wizard shares a 'Chat From The Chair', for adults and children to watch together, about why being kind to yourself matters. With her friend Bruno and a bag of pegs, The Worry Wizard explores why we need to stay curious and find many different ways we can be kind to ourselves. #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #inthistogethe
This week's Mental Health Awareness Week is focussing on the power and potential of kindness. There are so many beautiful examples of kindness happening in the world right now as people seek to respond to the needs of others. Here, to help generate even more kindness in your home and beyond, is a Worry Wizard free printable - a kindness gift voucher. We would love you to use it to generate kindness to others and, also (very importantly), to yourself. What will you write on
Trust is such a precious thing to give to someone. It is equally precious when someone puts their trust in you. But working out who to trust is not easy. Here The Worry Wizard shares a 'Chat From Her Chair' about trust for adults and children to watch together. With a jar, a tin of buttons, a toolkit and a magnifying glass, The Worry Wizard explores Dr Brene Brown's idea of 'Marble Jar Friends', helping children to recognise that trust is built one marble (or button!) at
Feelings, feelings, feelings. Sometimes, it might seem the best thing to do with feelings is to stuff them down and hope they go away. But, what if it doesn’t work? A gentle chat about feelings for adults and children to watch together. (Thank you to my ball assistants 🎾😉 - it will surprise no one to know this wasn’t the first take 🎥🤦🏻♀️) #feelings #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #inthistogether #activity #ChatsFromTheChair
These words from the poem, ‘The Invitation’, resonate so strongly right now. I’m looking forward to sharing them this morning during Reuben's Retreat ‘Coffee Connect’ zoom call. I’ve been invited by Reuben’s wonderful Mummy, Nicola Graham, to lead a session called ‘Holding Hope’ with families who are at home staying safe (12 weeks isolation).
I’m going to share these words with some wonderful people today. You may wish to do the same.
Reuben’s Retreat is a home-from-hom
Some thoughts are so tricky right now. I am chatting with lots of young people who are spending so much time alone at the moment, outside of all their familiar structures, and their thoughts are being given free reign. If you have a compassionate relationship with yourself then allowing your thoughts free reign may be safe. But, for many of the young people I am supporting, many of the thoughts they are sharing are hate filled. Please try and support your young people to play
What gorgeous post 📮. I meet the most lovely people through The Worry Wizard. Thank you so much for my beautiful card. I’m so glad we get to adventure together. Sending lots of buttons and rainbows 🌈 back to you. And sunflowers 🌻. And ribbons 🎀. And love. #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #inthistogether ♥️
Here’s a gentle, heartwarming picture book about love and the unbreakable connections we share with the special people in our lives. Patrice Karst’s beautiful story feels particularly important right now for all children and the adults who care for them.
Thank you so much to Patrice who generously shares her story so everyone can benefit from its precious message.
#ChatsFromTheChair #theinvisiblestring #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #stayathome #inthistogether
This quote really resonates for me right now. In this unprecedented time it feels there are new and mighty pressures circulating - e.g. home education. But the main reason we have been handed our children back isn’t to educate them, it’s to keep them and others safe. So, rather than placing new pressures upon ourselves, my focus is on breathing deep and loving my closest tightly. I hope we can all find ways to unhook from the swirling pressures that exist to ‘make our chi
I know some Worries are really big right now and, as no one can come to me, I thought I could come to you! Here’s a fun and gentle activity you can enjoy with children to help them with their Worries. I’d love to see what you do. Please feel free to share far and wide. We need those Worries to be kept firmly in their place.
#StayAtHome #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #InThisTogether #WeveGotThis #WatchOutWorries #mentalhealth #worries #children #activity
I spend a lot of time with young people questioning the idea that there is only one path in life, the straight path to happiness (the straight path to happiness = GCSEs, ‘A’ levels, Degree, career in which you progress higher and higher until a happy retirement). Today, the other path, the non straight path, was given a lovely name, the wibbly wobbly path. Today it felt lovely to think about the wibbly wobbly path and realise that it’s not only a real path but that it can be
So, what actually happens when The Worry Wizard and Bigfoot Arts Education - HQ decide to help children’s Wellbeing shine? Bigfoot, with the help of the brilliant pupils and staff at Oakfield Primary Academy, have made this video to show you. I am so excited to share it. Thank you so much ✨.
We have already helped over 4,000 children make the first step to move from Worries to Wellbeing. Could your school be next? Call us in 0800 644 6034 to find out more!
It’s been a difficult week for Worries (🥳) as The Worry Wizard and Bigfoot Arts Education have been helping lots of children move from Worries to Wellbeing. My special pen is busy writing Wellbeing Greeting cards to celebrate all the Wellbeing Qualities we’ve seen. It feels particularly special to send this Courage card to the all brilliant pupils at Shoreditch Primary School. In Children’s Mental Health Week, when children are being encouraged to ‘Find Their Brave’, Chris
And this is an important fact.
Many of the children and young people (and adults) I work with search for ‘logical explanations’ for their feelings. “Why do I feel this way?“.
Sometimes, adults try to help their child find a logical explanation for their feelings or, perhaps, suggest ‘a more logical feeling’ to feel in the situation. “Rather than feeling ..., you should try to feel ...or I would feel...”
The problem is, it is highly unlikely you’ll find a logical explana
I’ve been asked to create a video introducing The Worry Wizard at a children’s conference on Wellbeing. ‘How does The Worry Wizard nurture emotional connection between children, young people and adults, enabling the move from Worries to Wellbeing?’ It’s 6 minutes long!! ⏰. I suggest you pop the kettle on ☕️ 🍪 ✨
(A very big thank you to Sykes Holiday Cottages for ALL their support with The Worry Wizard. And thank you so much to Cheshire Connect for connecting us; togethe
I am sending you all festive wishes for a gentle Christmas and an even gentler New Year.*
* (these wishes can be sung to the tune of ‘we wish you a Merry Christmas’
I wish to you a gentle Christmas,
I wish you a gentle Christmas,
I wish you a gentle Christmas,
And an even gentler New Year.)
#TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #GoGently