Parkside High School Counseling Office
Welcome students, parents, and guests!
Seniors, if you are planning or thinking about applying to college, join us for the WCPS Virtual College Boot Camp that will begin on Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. Please plan to join us at 6:20 p.m. On Tuesday night, we will be hearing about the college admissions process, learn about writing a college essay, participate in a panel discussion with college admissions counselors and find out how Naviance is used in the college admissions process. Senior students and parents are both welcome to participate.
Here, we hope to provide information for students and families on mental health, local resources, ongoing school events, college related information, scholarships, scheduling deadlines, and much more!
**If your student attends PHS, please make sure they have "joined" our Parkside Guidance Google Classroom. They will have access to forms, deadlines, and important links.
(If your student does not have access, email us here.)
Four Steps for Instant Relaxation:
Repeat a pleasant word on each exhalation
Relax a tight muscle
Quick Relaxation Techniques
Need a break? Here are some possible ways for you to achieve quick relaxation.
Try a number of these exercises and see which ones work best for you.
Count your breaths. With eyes closed breathe normally, counting at each exhalation up to a specific number. Concentrate on the air moving in and out. Go back to "one" if you lose count.
Listen to your heartbeat. Choose a word and repeat it to yourself with your eyes closed. Repeat the word for at least five minutes.
Muscle tightening/relaxing: Concentrate on a particular muscle group in your body. Tighten the muscle for a count of ten and then relax it slowly, noticing the contrast between the tightness and the relaxation. Repeat a number of times. Try the same procedure with other muscle groups.
Mini-vacation: With eyes closed, visit a favorite peaceful spot in your imagination. Notice the enjoyable sights, sounds, and sensations.
Feel yourself relax. Pay attention to the interesting details of this location.
For going to sleep I - Try to keep your eyes open as you watch a clock for five minutes. If your eyes close, force yourself to open them.
For going to sleep II – Close your eyes and think only about your breathing. Invariably, other thoughts will try to invade your mind, but push them aside and pay attention to your breathing.
Pick an interesting sentence and write it out in longhand very slowly, making sure that every letter looks just the way you want it to look.
Imagine yourself floating above the place you are in and pay attention to the way everything looks from up there.
Rub your palms together vigorously and place them flat on a surface in front of you. Let them rise slowly, very slowly, up about six inches and then fall very slowly, as if they were pushing the air down, to touch the surface. Repeat.