Transcript:[00:00:02] Parenting is hard enough on a good day — but when you're facing a huge change like divorce, moving, a health crisis, or even a pandemic, it can be downright overwhelming. My name is Sara Olsher and I'm the founder of Mighty + Bright, where I help your family cope with the uncertainty that comes from life's major upheavals. Together we can help your kids take this hard time and turn it into resilience that they'll be able to use for the rest of their lives. Join me for quick and easy 5 to 10 minute episodes that will leave you feeling 100% positive that you got this.
[00:00:01] So this morning, I want to talk to you about worry time. So if you have any form of anxiety, you probably know what I'm talking about when I say at times I wake up in the middle of the night and just worry. It doesn't really matter what is going on in my life, I will find something to worry about at three o'clock in the morning. Sometimes I find that these things are really important things that I absolutely have to remember. And sometimes I find that I have just like made something really weird into something I am completely obsessing about.
[00:01:09] They will get addicted to worrying . . . or they're going through a period of separation anxiety or a life stage where something is stressing them out, or maybe something really hard is going on in their lives, like a pandemic or a divorce or cancer diagnosis or something going on with a sibling or issues at school. And they're legitimately worrying about something that is super hard.
[00:03:10] If they're old enough, kids can write down the things that they're worried about and you can put it in a jar, then keep that jar filled up with little pieces of paper of the things that they are worried about. And then as time goes on during worry time, you can dump those pieces of paper out and you can say, "is this a worry that you still are thinking about and we should put back in the jar? Or is this a worry that maybe you are done with?"