Dear Shayna B.,
I am nervous. Not about anything worth worrying, just in general. If I have nothing to worry about, I’ll just make up a small thing, like a little scratch or the fact that my sister was a little mad at me last night. (Normally our fights blow over in the morning.) I know I shouldn’t worry and that my worries are not incredibly important, but I worry so much. Please help! I am desperate!From,
Little Big Things
Dear Little Big Things,
I understand. I can tell you to stop worrying. I can tell you that you should stop, your worries are make believe. And everything you worry about, well, it’s in your head. But sometimes, when we worry, all we really want is a little bit of comfort. So I’m going to tell you that I understand. Try to ignore that part of your brain telling you to worry. Say to it, “Brain, I know you want to worry, but you’re worrying for no reason.” Then think about happy things and try to move on. If that doesn’t work, speak to a grownup.Shayna B.
Shayna B. is a sixth grader and knows what kids in elementary school and middle school are going through. She can be reached at [email protected]. She’s looking forward to hearing from you!