Hello, my name is Sophia and I am 8 years old. I live in a house with my mom, dad, and little sister, and dog Nelson. They help me a lot with my worries. I had a really hard time in school last year but I learned a lot about myself. I learned that all feelings are okay and that scary or big feelings don’t seem as scary once you say them out loud. I also learned that you won’t feel that way forever. Here are some things I use to calm down like yoga, reading, talking to mom and dad, drawing and painting my feelings, and playing with my toys. I also sometimes talk to my Dr. and he helps me a lot when I can’t make my feelings make sense.

I love to read when I am sad, mad or even scared and now I like to play with the new toys I got from Santa. I also like to cuddle with a heavy blanket that is so heavy it feels like a huge hug! Sometimes I meditate and use my singing bowls. My sister cheers me up by singing a silly song, my dad cuddles with me, my mom puts essential oils all over my body and listens to me. Sometimes we have family meetings where we can all talk about our feelings and things that we’re happy about too. I have a magic fairy mixing dust set that I can make ‘happy feelings dust’ or ‘sweet dreams dust’ by following a recipe and putting my energy into it. I also like to play ‘Spot it’ to get things off my mind. The books I like to read are Dork Diaries, Diary of a wimpy kid, and Max clumsy.  But my all-time favorite is MY BIG BAD DAD, it talks about a dad who seemed scary to everyone so none of his Daughter’s friends would want to play with her because they were too scared. But in the end, he shows everyone that he’s really nice and that how you look doesn’t matter, it only matters how you feel about yourself.

Some people might think these things are silly, but that’s okay. They help me and that’s all that matters. I think talking about your feelings is something that could work for everyone because there are no bad feelings, just bad behavior.