Central Elem. Counselor Newsletter

March 30, 2020 - April 3, 2020

A Note from Your Counselor

Stress and Coping, Ways to Support Yourself

With spring break steadily approaching, I would like to share a couple of ways for everyone to support themselves. Self-care is extremely important for managing stress and staying healthy.

  • Take a break from watching, listening or reading news stories, social media included.
  • Take care of your body. Meditation, deep breathing, eating healthy, well-balanced meals, exercising, avoiding harmful substances, getting plenty of rest and eating healthy meals are all great examples of self-care.
  • Make time to unwind. Do things you that you enjoy doing.
  • Connect with others (Remember social distance if in person). Share your concerns and feelings with people you trust.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Deep Breathing Instructions

Please do not feel limited by the following breathing technique. There are plenty of breathing techniques that evoke a relaxed response. Below are the instructions for belly breathing. You can practice belly breathing in 3 different positions, lying down, sitting or standing.

  • Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly.
  • Breath in slowly through your nose, feel your belly rise.
  • Breath out, feel your belly flatten.
  • Try to keep the hand on your chest as still as possible.

Repeat for 10 breaths.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xQJ2O4b5TM

How to Practice Belly Breathing - Nemours Children's Health System

Public Service Announcement (Google)

How can you help stop the coronavirus. Do the five.

1. HANDS. Wash them often

2. ELBOW. Cough into it

3. FACE. Don't touch it

4. SPACE. Keep safe distance

5. HOME. Stay if you can