Chris Crust loves skateboarding and hanging out with friends! But sometimes the impact of isolation and cancelled events weighs heavily on him. Luckily, future Chris has learned how to time travel and comes back to show himself that it’s going to be okay, and he’s not alone. Check out our Caretoons episode above!
Chris Crust is so excited to go on a trip to Italy! But sadly, his trip is cancelled. He feels overwhelmed with boredom, isolation, and disappointment. He starts to obsess over the future; will the trip get cancelled AGAIN? His future self arrives—with an impressive new Italian accent! Future Chris assures him that he will experience Italy someday, but for now, he needs to try to live in the present. Fixating on the future could lead to more disappointment.
If uncertainty around changed or cancelled plans causes you stress or disappointment, you are not alone in your struggle. Remember that it’s normal to feel the impact of anxiety and isolation, especially as the world around us changes. Even if you can’t talk to yourself in the future, you can still find someone to discuss your feelings with. A friend, parent, or trusted teacher can help you recognize and cope with your fears and anxieties.
Sharing is Caring
Share this video series with other people you know and see if any of them feel the same way. It’s a fun way to share your feelings and maybe help your friends as well! Remember, it’s okay to talk about how you feel. Keep the conversation going! Let kids know that it’s okay to talk about their feelings and give them a safe space to express themselves. Open up and discuss your own anxieties so they know they’re not alone.
► Do you ever find yourself obsessing over future events and placing a great deal of importance on them?
► Can you think of anyone else who may feel the same way you do?
► What do you think ‘future you’ would say, if they could time travel?
► Who is someone you trust that you can share your feelings with?
Starting A Conversation
Time Travelling Pizza is an animated series for pre-teens and teens on topics like social anxiety, health anxiety, contamination OCD, and more. With humour and heart, Time Travelling Pizza normalizes anxiety in an entertaining way and encourages youth to seek help from a trusted parent, teacher, or friend.
Anxiety Canada created Time Travelling Pizza to help parents, educators, and healthcare providers start a dialogue with youth and help them understand that they’re not alone.
Many youths don’t realize that they are experiencing anxiety or OCD. You can help them name their fears and feelings, recognize symptoms, and understand the impact anxious thoughts have on their lives.
Help children and teens with anxiety using Anxiety Canada’s helpful links below. We offer useful articles for teens, parents, educators, and healthcare providers.
Anxiety 101 – Learn to recognize anxiety and how it affects your thoughts, body, and life as a teen.
Where to Start with an Anxious Child – Learn about child anxiety symptoms and how to manage them in a healthy way.
Educator Resources – See Anxiety Canada’s tools and tips for educators.
Caretoons, the animated series, was created with the support of British Columbia’s Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions by Point Blank Creative and Anxiety Canada. Voiced by acclaimed comedian and author, Charlie Demers.