jars of fears

Jars of Fears – A Visual Way of Assessing Pupils’ Fears

The jars of fear are a visual way of assessing pupils’ fears. The jars can be completed before any intervention and then coping strategies can be taught. There are different types of jars, including those of two colours and a single colour. Teachers can also use different coloured sheets. One sheet can be used for one phobia, and a different one for several. There are many jars available, and teachers can choose the ones that work best for their pupils.

A visual tool that can scale pupil fears is the jar of fear. It can be used before any intervention and can also be used to teach coping strategies. There are sheets for each type of fear, and you can create one jar or many. There are jars available for a variety of fears, and there are even videos that have the exact same fear as a real person. You can also find the jars on a Pinterest board.

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Getting a Fear Jar is the easiest way to overcome fear. Going through photos from the #BePrettyBrave Idaho retreat, I discovered this tip jar from a night when we were all out dancing to live music on a pier, eating tacos, and drinking beer. I believe the notion has been a part of my subconscious for a very long time. After a lengthy trek, we were physically spent, salty, and grimy. All around us, folks were joyful. Then comes this insightful tip jar. “Leave it here if you’re afraid of change.”

Since becoming a mother, I have been utilizing a Fear Jar. So many anxieties have invaded my life after I became a mother: food allergies, my work, Corona, relationships, and losing myself. I began outlining my worries on paper. I would fold the paper and put it in my “Fear Jar,” a plain ball jar that I keep in my cupboard.

I see the jar holding the worry for me as I put the paper in it. I realize this is absurd, but for me it works: I think of the jar as my Divine postwoman who delivers my letter to God. Hold this for Emily right now, please. It weighs a much. It is absolutely scary. It is of no assistance.

I shut my eyes and inhale deeply for five breaths. Five breaths may be taken by anybody, at any time. My shoulders are relaxing. My chest relaxes. And I’ve sent my Higher Power my worry by letter.

The last concern I recorded was, “I feel compelled to take this particular route in order to publish my book. It seems ominous. I’m not yet certain whether it’s the best course for me. Please hold this for me, would you? I’ve been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately because of this. I need a relaxing getaway so much.

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