Calm your body calm your mind
Tip: Practicing meditation and relaxation helps you keep a healthy life balance, and will be calming in times of stress and anxiety
Tools: Using these tools or something similar will help your body and mind relax (check out my website for youtube videos or links related to these practices)
do a body scan where you focus on various parts of your body, noting tension and focus on relaxing those areas
Use progressive relaxation in which you consciously tense up and then relax areas of your body going from your toes to your head.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Tip: Appreciation is good for you! When we focus on things that we are grateful for, we allow ourselves to move past bitterness.
Tools: Every day think of at least 5 new things you are grateful for. Consider keeping a gratitude journal so that you can look back later as a reminder! While you’re at it, how about thanking at least 1 person every day--an attitude of gratitude is contagious!
I am the Mental Health Practitioner here at Manual/YPAS. This is my second year in this position. Prior to working at Manual, I provided mental health therapy services at Seven Counties Services for 10 years. I obtained my Masters at UofL School of Social Work and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I know that the last 6-7 months have been difficult for many of you, for multiple different reasons. I will be providing Telehealth sessions throughout NTI 2.0 to help support the needs of our students. There is a google form that you (parent, student or teacher) can use to request a check in with a counselor or MHP (me), we will make sure that you have access to that form soon. I am asking that each of you please practice self care, as I said before we are all experiencing difficult times right now, and self care is a simple way you can begin to cope with your feelings and stress. Here is a link for some basic self-care strategies to get you started! I am looking forward to starting up my services again this school year.