HVS Counselor Newsletter
Being a teenager can be really stressful!
Coping with Stress
Some of these strategies may include:
- Slow down, stay positive, and take steps to problem-solve
- Asking for support from a friend or family member
- Writing in a personal journal
- Drawing or doing something creative
- Focusing on self-care (eating well, getting enough sleep, limiting caffeine and sugar, etc.)
- Meditation or self-reflection
- Avoid overscheduling
Huron Valley Counselors Promote Mindfulness
Huron Valley counselors work with students in a variety of ways to offer support and teach healthy coping skills.
School counselors are one resource to help students manage anxiety and stressful situations while in school. Sometimes teachers will notice a student feeling overwhelmed and send the student down to see his/her counselor. Sometimes the student self-identifies needing more help and they come down to the Counseling Office on their own (hooray!!!). Most often, a few minutes talking about the situation and the stressors can lead to some positive action that the student can walk away with. For those students who need more intense, regular therapeutic support, school counselors will provide the family with referrals for community-based counseling agencies.
Milford High School counselors and social worker provide a Mindfulness Group in which students learn mindfulness techniques designed to help students stop “what if” negative thinking and focus on the here and now. Breathing exercises, self-compassion and learning how to pause in order to quiet and calm themselves.
Oak Valley Middle School is having it's first Real Talk experience with all 8th grade students. Real Talk is a Caring Community initiative that aims to foster empathy and help kids feel connected to one another and the adults within their school community. During Real Talk students engage in many fun group activities and icebreakers, and then break off into small groups for meaningful discussions. Real Talk helps kids address stress, anxiety, peer pressure, and many other teen issues in a supportive environment.
Resources for Mindfulness
- Breethe: Free app for Apple and Android mobile devices.
- Calm: Free website and mobile app for Apple and Android mobile devices with guided meditation and relaxation exercises.
- Stop, Breathe and Think: Free website and mobile app for Apple and Android mobile devices for youth with meditations for mindfulness and compassion.
- The Mindful Teen: Powerful skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time, by Dzung Vo, MD (New Harbinger, 2015), is a mindfulness book for teens, with mindfulness instructions, guided mediations, examples and youth voices.
- The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are, K. Bluth (Instant Help Books, 2017)
- Growing Mindful: A Deck of Mindfulness Practices for All Ages (Growing Mindful Games, 2015) A deck of cards with short mindfulness practices to “cultivate mindfulness on the go” available at Amazon.com.