This comprehensive resource explores:
– What is Stress and Anxiety?
– Types of Normal Stress and High Stress Situations
– Individual Triggers
– Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
– Reflective Activities and Worksheets
– What is a Worry Monster?
– Everything you need to build your own “Worry Monster”
This intervention helps students personify and project their worries onto their own monster that they create with the therapeutic aim to reflect and gain insight. Although this isn’t a directive/skills-based intervention, this mini-lesson has been successful at supporting students who experience stress and anxiety.
This intervention helps to create a sense of personal awareness and insight into their own states of stress and anxiety. The Worry Monster can also act as an outlet so that the Worry Monster can hold onto the stress and anxiety, helping to compartmentalize the stress and anxiety so that the student doesn’t have to.
This therapeutic intervention requires the therapist to be very curious and unconditionally accepting of the Worry Monster that the student creates and imagines.
Remember the vital role of empathy and at the end of the intervention thank the student for sharing what they would look like as a monster to support integration.