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Monday, April 27, 2020

Happy Monday ya'll.

Can you believe it's almost May? Time is sure dragging/flying by in quarantine for me.

I hope you enjoyed Wellness Week and were able to do a couple of the activities Ms. Cannon Flemming sent out to everyone.

Today, I'd like to talk about "worry."

Keeping worries to yourself only causes them to build up until they seem overwhelming. But writing them down can make sense of what you’re feeling and put things in perspective. If your fears are unwarranted, writing them can expose them for what they are—needless worries. And if your fears are justified, putting them on paper can produce solutions that you may not have thought.

So here's an activity for you. 

  1. Find a jar with a lid or draw one on a piece of paper. This is your worry jar. 
  2. Decorate it or not if you don't want to.
  3. When you feel the "worry" coming on, write it down and put it in your worry jar. 
  4. Take 10 minutes throughout the week to look at your worries and contemplate them. Maybe something you were worried about earlier in the week is no longer a concern? Toss it! Maybe a worry is still lingering, problem solve or put it back in the jar for another time.

Have a great start to your week everyone. Remember to reach out to myself or another counselor if we can help you this week!


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Let's think about the word "awe."

Things you appreciate, value, or find amazing, are likely to foster awe. When we focus our mind and heart on things that are likely to foster awe, we can enter a state of brief mindfulness.

We all live in a world with an overabundance of stimulation. We can pay attention to only a few things at a time. Too often, we don’t choose what we pay attention to, and we operate on autopilot.

But you can choose. You can focus your attention. When you do, your mind quiets down.

So here is your prompt for today. Explore your home as a museum.

Take a bit of time to wander around your home, as if you were in a museum, and stop long enough to appreciate some of the things you have in your home.

  • Do you have a piece of art, a photograph that you can look at and appreciate?
  • Do you have any sculptures, or light fixtures, mirrors, or lamps that have a story behind them? Or a blanket, pillow, rug, or vase?
  • When something captivates your attention, stop, wait, and breathe in slowly while giving your full attention to whatever you’re looking at.
  • Notice its qualities, characteristics, and details.
  • Does it conjure any memories?
  • Who gave it to you?
  • What happened to them?
  • How did you end up with this in your home?

As you appreciate what’s in your home, exhale slowly, expand and allow yourself to take in the moment.

Have a great Wednesday

Here are some of my "museum" pieces: 

If you would like to share any of your museum pieces or reflective musings on them-I'd love to see them.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Today I want you to imagine your future and think of how it could be the best!

What is the best possible life you can imagine? Consider all of the relevant areas of your life, such as school, relationships, hobbies, and health. What would happen in these areas of your life in your best possible future? Use the following guidelines to help you brainstorm!

Have a great Thursday and I will talk to you next week!

1. It may be easy for this prompt to lead you to examine how your current life may not match this best possible future. You may be tempted to think about ways in which accomplishing goals has been difficult for you in the past, or about barriers to being able to make these accomplishments happen. However, for the purpose of this prompt focus on the future—imagine a brighter future in which you are your best self and your circumstances change just enough to make this best possible life happen.
2. This exercise is most useful when it is very specific—if you think about a new job, imagine exactly what you would do, who you would work with, and where it would be. The more specific you are, the more engaged you will be in the exercise and the more you’ll get out of it.
3. Be as creative and imaginative as you want creating your future self! Collage, draw, write or paint.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Happy May Day Friday!

Nature Deficit Disorder

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