Anxiety, big feelings, tantrums, sibling fights and more

Karen Young from the Hey Sigmund website provides some great insight and tips here into the big emotions and difficult behaviours which could be heightened at the moment

Facebook Live (During Isolation) – Anxiety, Big Feelings, Tantrums, Sibling Fights … and more.

Here are the themes Karen talks about and an indication where to find them on the video(The video’s privacy settings mean we cannot share it here but the link is below)

01:10   The ‘fight’ part of anxiety – tantrums, aggression, big feelings – why it happens and what to do.

04:20  Big feelings are a call for us to come closer (even when they don’t feel that way).

06:00  Why ‘little’ things can tip them over the edge, and how to respond.

09:25  When their anxiety triggers ours – when we fight with them instead of for them – why, and what to do.

10:50  The good news about self-regulation.

16:05  How to manage transitions.

18:10  Squabbling with your teen? This might help.

18:50  The opportunities that sit inside anxiety/anger/big feelings.

20:04  Adolescents, big feelings, regulation – what they need from us.

22:50  When big anxiety looks like big fight.

24:54  How it helps to ‘meet the energy with similar energy, but not similar anger’.

29:10  How mindfulness supports a long term strengthening of the brain against anxiety.

32:00  Dealing with other stressors on top of social isolation.

33:35  How to expand the capacity to cope with anxiety and stress.

35:15  When kids won’t talk about it.

35:25  Why some kids might be regressing at the moment (clinginess, asking for help when they haven’t needed it before).

40:00  Routines – how they help (and it’s okay if some slip).

42:17  Why does my teen hear me as ‘angry’ when I’m not?

46:37  How do we role model strength and calm when we’re feeling anxious ourselves?

49:50  Sleep – strategies to help with peaceful pillow time.

1:03:02  ‘Only children’ in social isolation.

1:05:31  Dealing with sibling squabbles

1:08:28  Social media and screen time.

Here is the link to the Hey Sigmund website and the video

Donegal Mind Wellness

Donegal Mind Wellness presents

 Stress Control

Six weekly sessions that will teach you to take control of your stress and be happier in life!

Location Venue Start Date Time
The Rosses Maghery Resource Centre 2nd October 8 – 9.30pm
Donegal Town Family Resource Centre 8th November 7.30 – 9.00pm
Letterkenny Public Services Centre 9th November 5.30 – 7.00pm
Buncrana Inishowen Gateway Hotel 8th November 6.30 – 8.00pm
Letterkenny Letterkenny Library 9th November 11am – 12.30pm
Contact Information

Phone 0860298907


Donegal Mind Wellness 

Stress Control Class


‘Stress Control’ is a free six session class which is run all over Ireland.

‘Stress Control’ was devised to help anyone (over 15 yrs) who experiences stress and who is keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. As this is a class and not therapy no one will be asked to discuss their personal experience.

Each session deals with a separate aspect of stress but as they all link together, it is highly recommended that you attend all six sessions.
We provide free handouts for each session and a relaxation cd.

  • Session 1: Learning about stress
  • Session 2: Controlling your body
  • Session 3: Controlling your thoughts
  • Session 4: Controlling your actions
  • Session 5: Controlling panic
  • Session 6: Controlling sleep problems and Wellbeing

Each course runs for 6 weeks starting:

Thursday 7th September 6:15 – 7:45pm downstairs in Letterkenny Library

Thursday 28th September11:00 – 12:30 Downstrands FRC Narn/Portnoo

Monday 2nd October 8:00 – 9:30pm Maghery Community Ctr Maghery/Dungloe

Wednesday 8th November 7:30 – 9:00pm Donegal FRC Donegal Town

For more information call Bill on        086 7723287

These sessions are run by Donegal Mind Wellness

From Stress to Success – free seminar

From Stress to Success – Taking the Controls

How to turn negative stress into positive energy

This informative and entertaining seminar will cover the main points of the highly regarded Stress Control programme and much more. Given by

Dr Mark Harrold

Clinical Psychologist, Author and Broadcaster

On Saturday, May 27th 10-1

Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

All welcome


(donation if desired)

Copies of Dr Harrold’s book ‘Coping with Stress’ will be available for purchase and there will be a small wellness market at the event.

For further information call 086 0333630