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Storybox Playlist: Stories to Help You Feel Better

Feeling out of sorts? Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Feel anxious, irritable, grumpy or just... off? We all have days like those and there are many ways (and stories) to help turn your day around and feel better. Here are just a few that we'd like to suggest to help your or child feel better.

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The Dark (from the Martin & Sylvia Series)

It’s autumn: the days are getting shorter, and the dark comes earlier. Martin is feeling nervous. He can’t see as well at night, and he worries about shadows and things he can’t see. All of it makes it difficult for him to go to sleep at bedtime. Momma encourages him to use his other senses, and guides him through a hearing, smelling and feeling exercise that not only reassures him, but relaxes him enough to fall deeply asleep.

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Bonbon the Elephant (from the Sparkle Sleepytime Series)

Bonbon is a model student in school - he does his best and is always polite. But when the elephant calf comes home, things are very different. He throws tantrums and fusses and can actually be rude. When his mother talks to his teacher about this, the wise teacher knows just what to do.

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I Feel Orange (from the Martin & Sylvia Series)

While Sylvia is feeling very energetic on one Nature School morning, her friend Sofia is feeling very tired. “I feel blue” she says. This inspires a long conversation, and then project around what it is to “feel” different colors.

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Fluffs the Worried Squirrel (from the Stories for Overwhelm Collection)

This story is a part of the "Stories for Overwhelm" Collection - three stories about sensitive people managing the stresses of a busy, fast-paced world. Each story follows a young character experiencing some type of overwhelm, but concludes with helpful solutions and a feeling of ease and confidence.

This story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" Series.

In this story, Fluffs and his brother are surprised when their father announces that human are preparing to build homes in their forest. He says that it will be a transition for them, but that living with people has many benefits. The rest of the family is excited but Fluffs is quite nervous. He doesn't like the noise and activity that comes with humans - that is, until his father comes up with an idea...

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Gargoyles (from the Martin & Sylvia Series)

During a trip into town, Martin sees a crew of workers installing some big stone goblin-looking sculptures on the front of the Town Hall. He learns that long ago the stone goblins, which are called Gargoyles, were often placed on buildings to ward off anything scary. Martin thinks that a Gargoyle might be just the thing to help protect him from his new fear of noises in the night.

PARENT NOTE: This is a story about facing night-time fears, but using something that is traditionally perceived as being "scary" to find courage. So the topics of night-time fear and "scary things" run throughout.

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About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.