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Unworry Activities

Unworry activities

Everybody worries, and that’s OK. It’s especially OK in strange times like this. Life is looking a little different for all of us at the moment, and parts of it feel worrying for everyone. It’s important to look out for how you’re feeling, and remember that worries are just thoughts inside your head.

There are all sorts of ways to take your mind off them, and stop them getting too big...

Feel like some exercises instead? Try our Yoga and stretches page.

Brain Puzzles

Brain Puzzles

Have a go at all the puzzles on this page. Keep your brain focused on these, rather than on worries.

Make a Worry Monster

Make a Worry Monster

It can be really helpful to think about your worries as a character, completely separate from yourself. 

RIP IT!

RIP IT!

Find some paper, and tear it up into as many tiny pieces as you can. Stick them all over this page, and create a snowstorm of ripped paper. 

Splat!

Splat!

Immerse yourself in doodling and drawing, and turn these splurges of paint into other things - from creatures and aliens to hats, cars and flowers. 

Peaceful Pencils

Peaceful Pencils

Colour in this pattern, only thinking about the things you can feel, hear and smell right now – a technique called mindfulness.

Unworry Island

Unworry Island

Design your own Unworry Island, a place you can imagine and visit whenever you need to.

Unworry Maze

Unworry Maze

Find your way through this maze to the finish. Focus on keeping your pencil between the lines. 

Story Maker

Story Maker

Time for some creative distraction and brain-stretching. Use the story board here to create a story. 

Unworry Book

The Unworry Book

All of the above activities are taken from The Unworry Book, an inspiring toolkit full of things to calm you down and places to put your worries. Written with the help of a psychologist, there are links to websites for tips, advice and support too.

Worrying is natural and not a bad thing in itself, but extreme worry takes its toll, so this unworry toolkit is topical and valuable. [...] The presentation is colourful, informal and engaging and there are many novel ideas, with plenty for everyone to benefit from. Parents in Touch, review of The Unworry Book
Unworry Blog

5 Calming tips for children who worry

Alice James, author of The Unworry Book, shares some activities to try to help you deal with worries when they pop up.

All About Feelings blog

The five skills of emotional intelligence

Usborne writer and Editorial Director Felicity Brooks and designer Frankie Allen share what they learned about social and emotional learning theory when creating the delightful picture book All About Feelings.

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Mindfulness for preschoolers

Mindfulness for young children

At Usborne Quicklinks you'll find links to carefully selected websites with tips on how to practice mindfulness and relaxation help from a magical butterfly.

Unworry

The Unworry Book

Visit Quicklinks for lots of carefully selected resources including a simple breathing exercise and lots of mindfulness activities like doodling and word searches. 

Mindfulness tips and activities

Mindfulness tips and activities

Squeeze and relax, create a mindful jar, and find other ways to help you feel better when you're worried or upset on Usborne Quicklinks.

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