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There are many ways to be healthy by taking care of our body and mind - moving around, eating good food, and learning new things. Mental health includes how our bodies feel, how our minds feel, how we feel around people, and so much more.

This website has things to do, things to read, and things to watch to learn more about your mental health. Check us out!

Things to Watch

Feelings in My Body: Elmo has some big feelings and his mom notices. In this video, Elmo learns to name and manage those feelings, and you can too! Learn more about feelings.

Resilience and Leadership (TEAMology): Resilience and leadership are important skills for all ages. Int his video clip Ruby helps restore a broken friendship, as Lamar helps a journalist become a great reporter and leader. Watch how you can focus on resilience and leadership when things get tough.

Feeling afraid: Sometimes it's hard to know if we feel afraid or why we feel that way. Elmo's dad noticed he was feeling afraid while he played. See how they talk through feeling afraid in this video.

Stressin' Out! (Spot on Science): Stressing out over an upcoming test or a big game at school? Dr. Lisa Rameriz explains how stress can actually be a good thing and what to do when it turns toxic. Learn more about stress and how to manage it.

Coping with sickness: Watch Buddy and his mom deal with his dad being sick and quarantined in another room. Watch how you can cope with sickness.

Zoo Zen: A Yoga Story for Kids: Watch this video to hear a fun story about yoga in a zoo! You can act out the yoga moves, too, as you read along.

Things to Read

Where do you feel big feelings?: Have there ever been butterflies in your belly? Do you feel that feeling when you're scared or nervous? Let's read where Elmo feels big feelings and then ask ourselves if we feel them too. Read more.

Fear scale: Sometimes we're just a little scared, but other times we can feel big scary feelings. Use this fear scale to learn how big your fear is and then do some activities to calm down. Use this fear scale.

"Feelings" by Stephanie Reid: From happy to angry, this book shows you all kinds of moods. Find the book.

"What Do You Do With a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada: This is the story of a problem and a child who isn't sure what to make of it. The longer he avoids the problem, the bigger it seems to get. When the child faces the problem, it turns out to be something quite different indeed. Find the book.

"All Birds Have Anxiety" by Kathy Hoopman: Life as a bird can be stressful! They worry about airplanes, windows and getting enough worms. Learn more about what it's like to live like a bird, day-to-day and how to begin to deal with it. Find the book.

"Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus and Calm:" Start your day strong and release bad feelings with this book of activities. Find the book.

"I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness" by Susan Verde: Mindfulness means being fully in the present moment. You can learn how to manage emotions, make good choices and balance busy lives with mindfulness. Find the book.

Things to Do

Make a soothing bracelet: Sometimes it's hard to pay attention or focus. Sometimes our minds are thinking about other things. Do your hands feel busy? Does your mind feel worried? You can make a soothing bracelet with some beads and string to help you stay present. Find instructions here.

Make a sensory bottle: When we're angry or nervous it can be hard to calm down. If you have an old bottle, some water, glitter (or other fun floating objects) and some help from an older sibling or adult, you can make a sensory bottle. Take a couple of minutes to watch everything swirl and float around, then see how you feel. Find instructions here.

Go on a mindful nature hunt: It can be good to step back and take a look around you. Nature is everywhere - on the playground, in your backyard or on your walk to school. A mindfulness nature hunt gives you time to collect and reflect. Here are some things to look for.

Make kindness cards: "I think you did a really good job today!" "You're so kind for sharing with your classmate." "You make me happy!" Doesn't it feel good when someone says something nice to you? You can spend some time making other people feel good by making some kindness cards. Try hiding them around your school or even your own house. Print these cards and decorate them yourself.

Change of Plans: Sometimes things don't go the way we planned, but we can still make the best of things! Imagine you were going to go outside and play, but then it started raining. Use this coloring sheet to show what you would do inside instead.

"I can!" Calendar: Confidence is when you believe in yourself. Use this calendar to keep track of all the things you can do in a week. Fill out the calendar.

Using my senses: We can use our 5 senses - touch, hear, taste, smell and see - to calm down. Here's how to do it.

My bag of worries: Imagine you could put all your worries in a bag. If all of your worries were in a bag, you could empty them out one by one, right? Use this worksheet to think about your worries and what you can do to empty your bag.

4-minute meditation: Have you ever meditated before? It's okay if you're not sure how. This activity will walk you through how to meditate. You may feel more calm and relaxed by the end.

Take some deep breaths: Sometimes, when we're stressed, we forget to breathe. But breathing is important! This fish will help you know when to breathe in and out. When the fish goes up, take a slow, deep breath in. When the fish goes down, slowly breathe out. Follow along.

Things to do with an adult

Use the Headspace app: Have you heard of meditation? It could be part of staying emotionally and physically healthy. Ask a parent, grandparent, older adult or sibling to help you download the Headspace app. You can spend some time together learning meditation and other mindful lessons. [Free to start with in-app purchases] Learn more.

Learn more about mental health resources and services near you at Network of Care Massachusetts, which also features a resource library. For immediate assistance, dial 211.