Counseling Corner with Mrs. May
Happy Monday morning, friends,
<--The list on the left might be a good reminder to do such healthy, routine, great ideas first, to then EARN your time to be on computers, games, TV time, etc. We really do feel better when we do our work first, and then play.
Monday, Mar 29th, 2020
March "Mad-ness" is not just about College Basketball Playoffs.
<--Here's my husband in his uniform at the BYU Marriott Center when he played for BYU Men's Basketball. Those shorts look so different than most players wear these days, right? I hope they make you laugh.😁
I asked him to show you one of his Bball tricks to help make you smile! Maybe you can practice this with a ball YOU have at home. Now let's talk about how our brain works and what to do if we get "MAD!" I hope the video below works so you can learn about your brain. When I taught in some of your classes during March, I brought my basketball so you could shoot hoops if you could remember the important names of our brain. See if you remember these from the video below: Pre-frontal Cortex, Hippocampus, and Amygdala! Remember, I love you wonderful ones.😍
Friday, 27 March 2020
SNOW in SPRING?? YES
WAIT a MINUTE!
I thought it was SPRING?
YESTERDAY it SNOWED!
Did that SURPRISE YOU?
It is beautiful when everything looks like powdered sugar sprinkled over the trees and bushes!
It isn't very cold, so it will probably melt quickly. DID YOU GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY IN IT?! HAVE FUN :)
Friday, 27 Mar 2020
We are in SPRING 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
Are we only seeing dark skies above?
Maybe let's look closer and see blue skies and new buds on the trees!
The first day of Spring was THURSDAY, March 19th of this past week.
This tree in my front yard just looks bare and sad with small twigs on the branches.
But when you get up closer, you can see many buds starting to show. This makes me happy to see this. I can imagine what this tree will be like covered in green fresh leaves again like last year!
WOW!!! This is a real closeup shot and you can really see NEW LIFE showing up.
THAT MEANS HOPE!
I want us ALL to feel HOPE and there are good things coming in our future.
This is NOT a lesson in gardening.
This is to remind us of GREAT THINGS that are in our FUTURE!
My PEACH tree could look sad and empty right now. Just plain branches....
But, look closer and there are BUDS! That reminds me that good things are still to come. We shouldn't be sad or discouraged, BUDS bring hope and help me remember fresh PEACHES!
What's this? A bit plain for now, but this tree of mine will have CHERRIES in the summer time!!! I will remember and not think it is a sad time, but helps me look to the future! :)
Not just my plain PEAR tree right now....I spotted BUDS showing up there.
My PEARS take longer to grow and even longer to ripen. In the summer we have to wait and be patient until they are ripe, even though we can see many pears just waiting for us to eat!!
This is a strange time for ALL of us. We have to wait and see how to help ourselves grow and ripen, getting smarter with the things we are studying and learning, even from home. We know our future will be delicious, when this challenge and hard trial is over. I have confidence in you that you can help your families and be a strength to others around you.
Go for a walk and look for reminders of SPRING in YOUR Neighborhood!
I love you, MRS. MAY
Daily ideas to keep us CALM
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Emotional Wellness plays a big role in our everyday lives. Be sure to take the time to nurture your own individual wellness!! Parents play a substantial role in facilitating emotional wellness in their children. Here are some suggestions and activities for every day of the week.
On Sunday focus on taking care of yourself. Take time to make sure you get enough sleep, eat healthy, and be with family.
You can help yourself feel calm and peaceful by taking calming breaths, going for a walk, maybe even taking some time to just imagine your favorite place .
Take time to talk to a friend or family member face-to-face. Share your feelings with a trusted adult.
Learn something new! Read a book or explore a topic online. Do a science experiment. Is there something you always wanted to learn about?
What are you thankful for? Make a list and share it with a friend or family member. Tell the people around you how much you appreciate them.
Health body, healthy mind! Get your body moving. Set up your own exercise program and share it with people you care about.
Saturday is the day to look around you and see what needs to be done. Who can you help out today?
TUESDAY, March 17th, ST. PATRICK'S DAY.....are you wearing GREEN? :)
Sesame Street helps us SMILE & LAUGH!
PARENT TIPS to help reduce ANXIETY:
Keep up with regular routines. While schools are dismissed, create a schedule for learning, relaxing or fun activities
Sleep is necessary for good brain health and survival in general.
Physical exercise -The vitamin D we get from the sun supports physical health and well-being. Here are a few links to find outdoor activities you can do as families: Utah County Parks and Trails, Biking Trails, Running and Walking Trails.
Seek appropriate ways for children to connect with others based on suggested safety guidelines.
Talk to your children -
Share age-appropriate information
Reassure your children. Let them know that it is ok if they feel upset
Share how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn from you how to cope
Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your children can understand.
Be mindful of exposure to continuous news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
As parents, be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.
Please refer to the following link for additional information on Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- get informed
- take deep breathes
- wash your face and hands
- engage in hobbies that you find enjoyable
- balance stressful activities with enjoyable activities
- talk to someone about your feelings and thoughts
- help and support others in the community
- focus on positives about the situation
- write a list of stressors and take action with the items that cause stress that you have control over
- examples: learning symptoms, washing hands appropriately, talk to relatives that you are worried about