Putting anxieties into a “Worry Bag” – Best £1.99 spent EVER!

By | April 15, 2013

First day back at school for D today, like many other children.

She didn’t sleep well last night – despite her melatonin – and anxieties overtook her at 3am. Cuddles, reassurance, back to a sleep which-wasn’t-really-a-sleep, a one-eyed-open sleep waiting for her to come back in.

A tired girl this morning, an anxious girl. Not wanting school, a particular anxiety around a fellow classmate overtaking her.

Then I remembered I’d bought this:


A “worry bag” from eBay, the seller and I exchanged messages afterwards and she’s a mum to an autistic daughter too. Her website has some great visual ideas on here – asdbrightideas.co.uk – and it’s somewhere I’ll be returning to.

But in the meantime, we had a Worry Bag to try out. D was scared at first, she didn’t understand what we were doing but I wrote her anxieties down on a piece of paper, we read them, we folded them and placed them into the bag. Then we decided where we’d put the bag.


Literally from that moment on, she relaxed. I got my girl back and the journey to school was fine. I got a big hug before my smiling girl went in too.
A complete contrast to half an hour before.

If only that worked for bigger issues as well…

Written in the hope that our experience helps, I didn’t expect such a positive result the first time we used it…but it worked.

Like the title says….best £1.99 spent EVER!!

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Reading…everything! – April is Autism Awareness Month – Day 16 of 30 | Autism Mumma (Jeannette) on 16th April 2013 at 9:00 pm.

[…] been another good day, the Worry Bag seems to be relieving her of her anxieties, which can only be a good thing. She’s saying […]


niccilouise on 18th April 2013 at 3:06 pm.

Reblogged this on Honey, I’m lost with the kids!.


niccilouise on 18th April 2013 at 3:08 pm.

I love this idea, it is much better than worry dolls. You tell them your worries and then put them under your pillow and they take your worries away. The only problem is you can’t find half the dolls in the morning.. and that starts off more worrying!! I have reblogged this to my page. Thank you


AutismMumma on 19th April 2013 at 10:17 am.

Thanks 🙂


AutismMumma on 19th April 2013 at 10:18 am.

You’re welcome, thanks for the re-blog!


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