May 4 - May 15 - Gratitude Helps You Take Care of You

  • The video teaches us several reasons why we may want to practice gratitude, gives us several ideas about how we can practice it, and gives eight different ways that gratitude boosts happiness. Think about how you can incorporate a regular practice of gratitude in your life. Send me an email and let me know how you practice gratitude.


April 27 - May 1 - Breathing Helps Us Cope With Stress and Worry

  • Find times to practice a couple of types of breath throughout your week. If we practice when things are going well, it is much easier to do this to help when things are stressful. This is just like practicing safety drills. We practice so that we don't panic and make mistakes that are more damaging. All the practice when things are calm, makes things go smoothly when things are stressful. Breathing to help you slow down and plan, participate, play, and make decisions, helps you be in practice of using your brain more efficiently and effectively. Don't forget to click the link below the video from last week to share how you keep from flipping your lid.

     


April 20-24 - Why Do We Sometimes Flip Our Lid?


April 13-17 - Mental Health & Emotional Intensity

  • Last week we watched a video on our mental health and how it is as important as our emotional health. This week, I will ask you to do a self-care activity that helps maintain your mental health. Then when you come back to the video, you will learn about emotions and emotional intensity. 


April 6-10, 2020 - Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health

  • It is a good idea to view this and discuss the questions with a parent or your siblings, if they are available, but it is not necessary.

    These slides will take you to a short video on how our mental health is just as important as our physical health. A term they use in the video is "head of class," for our purposes, this means school counselor. The questions below appear on the last slide after the video, but they are here so you can take your time thinking about them. If you would like to share your thoughts with me, email me at witcherl@mtnbrook.k12.al.us from your student gmail account that ends in @student.mtnbrook.k12.al.us and then check back to see my response to you.

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    Think on These Questions Regarding Mental Health:

    1. What are the differences between everyday feelings and overwhelming feelings? 
    2. What are some self-care strategies that we can use to deal with everyday feelings, what does Sasha do? does it work? 
    3. How are the feelings that André is experiencing different? What does André do to manage these feelings?
    4. What advice does André get from Sasha and his Head of Year?What are some other things André could do?
    5. What can you do if you are worried about a friend? (I love hearing your ideas about how to cope with worries and strong emotions.)