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May 25, 2008

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Gemma worries at bedtime, too. In spurts, she worries a lot.

Sometimes a physical release (back massage) helps a little. Sometimes a physical object (a stuffed animal). Sometimes she needs to talk through the worry a little.

We've talked about consciously setting aside the worry (not in quite that high-falutin language) and thinking of a peaceful, happy place. Deep breathing. All the grown-up techniques. I'm not sure they work yet.

I'm glad you're feeling better. Here's to a smooth landing back at home.

Ooh, I have a good idea for the worrier: A worry box. We used to have one and ALL used it. Cut a hole in the top of a shoe box or decorate an empty Kleenex box. At a certain time each day, for an alloted amount of time (5-10 minutes), you sit with your box and do your worrying. Write down the worries on a piece of paper and stick them in the box. That way, when it's time for bed, you don't need to worry because it's not the right time of day for worrying, and you've already done it :)

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