Digital Learning Daily Check-In
Monday, April 13th, 2020
Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you all had a relaxing Easter weekend. My family and I hid Easter eggs, ate too many jelly beans and went for a walk in the woods. I don't know about you but being out in nature always helps me reset and restore my state of mind.
When I can't get outside to some of my favorite places, I find that looking at pictures of these places can be soothing. I like to reflect on the time, place and people that I shared the moment with. Here are some of my favorites.
Just looking at these images reminds me of a happy time in my life, when COVID-19 didn't dictate my world. I wrote some words down that I associate with these pictures. Some words that came to mind are soothing, fun, beautiful, and relaxing. So here is your prompt for today.
Look through pictures you have of a memorable time and place from your life. Maybe it was a trip to the coast, a hike through the woods, a camping trip, visiting another country. Maybe like me, you find being in nature a comfort. Whatever you chose, take a minute to reflect on that time, write a few words down, or make a collage.
As always I would love to see what develops for you as a result of this prompt. Hope this finds you safe and healthy.
Carrie Lucas, M.S., M.Ed | School Counselor and Art Therapist
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
This motto in the image is something I keep repeating to myself at this crazy time in life. So many of us are feeling a big loss of control. Others, maybe not so much. If you're a control freak like myself, I have a prompt for today that will hopefully help. Let's create a Circle of Control by doing the following;
- Draw or trace a large circle on a blank piece of paper.
- OUTSIDE of the circle, put some things that you don't feel you have control over using words, symbols, images or colors.
- Next, INSIDE the circle put things you have control over. You can use images, symbols, words or colors. Think about things that help you cope and respond to problems or stress (family pet, friends, etc.)
- Reflect on your circle, noting the feelings that arise. Sit with the feelings but don't dwell in the things you can't control. Go back to your "control" circle when feeling overwhelmed.
Take care everyone and share your circles with me if you feel comfortable. And remember —
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
So today I want to briefly explain why I am sending these art prompts to you.
On a daily basis, we tend to use our logical, thinking mind the most. Probably now more than ever. However, if at times you can let go and follow your intuition, you may access feelings you weren't aware of. Humans need to express themselves, to be heard, validated and feel understood. Sometimes this is hard to articulate and we can use art to communicate. It also allows us to "see" our feelings and empathize with ourselves.
Now let's get to today's prompt:
- Think about how you feel in the moment. What is the emotion coming up for you?
- Close your eyes and ask yourself; if this feeling had a color, shape, texture, form, weight or temperature, what would it look like?
- Show this on paper using any medium you would like (pencils, markers, paint, watercolors, ink, etc.)
Allow yourself to work with this feeling. Follow your intuition when manifesting the feeling on paper. If it's difficult at first, don't give up. There is no right or wrong answer. This is your feeling and expression, practice empathy with yourself!
Have a good Wednesday!
Thursday, April 16th, 2020
I don't know about you but I'm so enjoying this weather. I could do without the high pollen count but the sunshine is fantastic. Think of it like this, everything else is closed but nature is still open!
Research shows that getting outside — but at a safe distance from other people — can be one way to boost your resilience. If you spend too much time indoors your vitamin D level goes down. If you don't know already, vitamin D is essential to good mental health. So today I am prompting you to get outside and absorb some vitamin D and vitamin N (aka nature!) An increasing body of scientific evidence does associate Vitamin N (for Nature) with reduced stress, better mental and physical health and greater cognitive functioning. Connecting with animals (wild and domestic) may also offset the downside of social distancing. Here's my son with his best friend these days:
So here is your prompt for the day. Pick a “sit spot.”
Find a special place in nature, whether it’s under a tree at the end of the yard, a creek, or a garden.
“Know it by day; know it by night; know it in the rain and in the snow, in the depth of winter and in the heat of summer." “Know the birds that live there, know the trees they live in. Get to know these things as if they were your relatives.”
My hope is that making this connection will decrease your sense of isolation, increase your vitamin D and N, and reduce any stress you're experiencing.
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