One of my little bugbears is how so many of the great mental health resources that are our there (there are some there, honest… you just have to spend days of your life hunting for them) are so badly presented. In this day and age when there are eight-year-olds producing iPhone apps and writing code, then there’s really no excuse for poorly presented resources.
Apart from anything else, if you’re presented with page after page of dreary text to wade through it’s not exactly exciting. When you’re already depressed, anxious, suicidal, whatever… imagine how it makes you feel then!
So I’m embarking on a little project to produce some self-help mental health resources that look good as well as doing good. A lot of these will be based on things that I’ve used myself through my own illness. The first one is a strategy that has served me really well in dealing with anxiety: The Worry Tree.
The Worry Tree
The idea of The Worry Tree is to provide a way of tackling anxiety.
Starting at the top of the tree, it asks a series of questions that help you to think about whether the worry you have is something that is actually a real problem, or just in your imagination (you’d be surprised for me how often that’s the case!). Then it helps you to make a plan of what you’re going to do to tackle the worry.
What I found helped me the most about The Worry Tree was the emphasis on either dealing with problems straight away – so they don’t fester – or making a plan to deal with them and then not worrying about them in the meantime. It really, really helped me to get on with the rest of my life without letting my anxiety get the better of me.
Anyway, here is a poster in .jpeg and .pdf form of The Worry Tree, I hope you like it:
- To download the JPEG version right click on the image of The Worry Tree and choose “Save As”. You will then be able to choose where to save the image on your device.
- Download the PDF version of The Worry Tree by clicking here.
A note about Copyright and Licensing
You are free to download and use a single copy The Worry Tree for your own personal use, or for a member of your immediate family (ie. someone you live with). If you want to use it professionally, or make more than one copy – or if you would like to order printed copies from me – then please Get in Touch or email firstname.lastname@example.org (my business email address) and we’ll get it sorted for you.