Dealing With Adversity
Friend September 2018 “Feelings First-Aid-Kit” Ways to feel better when feeling sad or afraid,
Ensign September 2018“Suicide Prevention” “Help your children create a plan for when they feel sad or upset. An example could be to (1) put words to their feelings by saying, “I am feeling …”; (2) pray to Heavenly Father for help; (3) do something active they enjoy; and (4) if the feelings do not go away, tell an adult about how they feel.”
Friend July 2017 “Family Night Fun” Challenging Changes
Do you ever feel worried when things change? The pioneers faced big changes but still found ways to be happy. You can too!
Focus on what won’t change, like Heavenly Father’s love for you.
You might have some feelings you don’t understand. That’s OK! Talk to a parent or write about your feelings in a journal.
Look for the good things that might come from a big change. For example, if you have to change schools, think about the chance to make new friends.
Also see Journaling as a way to cope with difficulty
Friend February 2015 “Happy Alone, Happy Together” Ideas on what to do when you want to be alone or when you are lonely.
Sadness & Depression
Also see story “A Butterfly for Courtney” Friend September 2016
Anxiety, Stress, & Worry
Friend January 2019 “What’s on Your Mind” Ways to de-stress. Also includes a stress meter.
Friend January 2019 “Friends by Mail”
Every night, I read the Friend before sleeping. Whenever I read it, I feel happy and my worries go away. It has helped me when I have worries. Thank you for the Friend!
Jehee C., age 11, Alberta, Canada
Friend May 2017 “Worried or Afraid? Here’s Help” Ideas to help with anxiety.
Picturing Tender Mercies- Friend November 2015 – Activity and lesson ideas.
Friend October 2016 “Family Night Fun” Acting out situations where a bully might dare you to do something. Also includes discussion and refreshment ideas.