Counselor's Update

December 2020

Dear Parents,

Winter break begins next week. We realize that your student and family may be experiencing added stress during this time. We want to send important Covid stress tips and referral resources. We hope the break brings some much needed downtime, but recognize that the holidays may bring added financial and mental health needs. We would like to offer some suggestions to help deal with the stress and anxiety that is happening right now, and include links for outside crises, counseling, food, and other assistance. .

Here are a few Coping Skills to Try:

Label Your Feelings

First, recognize what you are feeling. Know that your feelings may change throughout the day. Different people will have different feelings and reactions to the same information. Research has demonstrated that one way to help regulate your emotions is to identify them. Once you can identify your feelings, it becomes easier to manage them.

Acknowledge What You Can and Can’t Control

Situations like this one can highlight for us how many of the things we cannot control. Instead of focusing on those things you have no control over you can focus on what you can control. You can control how you act, what you say, what you do, how you behave, and how you respond to someone. Making a plan can help you focus on what you can control.

Suggestions:

  • Keep a regular schedule including meals, bedtime, & homework.

  • Relieve stress through play, puzzles, sewing, knitting, reading, watching TV, coloring, listening to Audiobooks or music.

  • Stay active by walking, dancing, jogging or biking. Exercise releases positive chemicals in your brain and improves our mood.

  • Relax your body through breathing, visualization, yoga, or mediation.

  • Practice Gratitude. Taking a few minutes to write down a few things you are grateful for can improve your psychological health.

  • Do something for others. Write a letter, make cards, or call friends and family members to check on them.

Please reach out if you need any assistance or have any questions.

Sincerely,

McClure Counselors

John Kaluzny

#573-1352

Karen Whitman

#573-5445

https://www.washingtonconnection.org

Washington Connection is a web-based universal application benefit portal. You can find out if you and your family qualify for food, medical, and housing assistance.

#1-877-501-2233