One of the most common fears among people, both kids and adults, is being afraid of the dark. Not all of us have a big, friendly Crosley visiting us when night comes! Sometimes we’re afraid of being alone at night, and sometimes we are afraid of the possible unseen threats masked by nightfall, but no matter what lies at the root of your fear of darkness here are some tips that will have you feeling cool as a crocodile when the lights turn off.
Figure Out the Root of Your Fears. Do you think there could be an evil iguana hiding in your closet or under your bed? Have mom and dad check it out! Do you hear strange noises amplified when darkness comes? Try and locate the source of the noise during the day, when you’re less likely to feel threatened by it. Knowing where your fears come from makes it easier to dismiss them.
Distract Yourself. Try listening to soothing music as you fall asleep, or break out a flashlight and read your favorite book. Keeping your mind on things that put you at ease will make it harder for fear to creep in.
Keep Some Company with You. Ask your mom or dad to sit with you for a few minutes when the lights first go off until you get comfortable with it. Or keep your favorite stuffed animal/action figure/doll on your bed to help you feel less alone. John and Crosley face their nighttime adventures together, and you should do the same!
Use a Night Light. Sometimes just having a small amount of light will help you realize that the dark doesn’t actually change anything around you. Use the light as your safety until you no longer need it!
Sometimes night is the best time to go on an adventure, whether it’s a Night Buddies Program or just in your own dreams! Don’t let your fear of the dark hold you back!