Wednesday Well Wishes
Remote Counseling-week 6
Self Care for Kids
The Good Egg was very cracked up by the time he even realized that he needed to take some time for himself. When he mentions that his head was feeling "scrambled every night", this tells us that it was probably happening over and over before he did anything about it. What are some signs that Good Egg could have noticed earlier to help him maintain his own self care? What are some of the things he finally did that helped him find his calm self again?
Calming techniques for children are generally within one of the 6 categories listed below and you can probably find supplies, such as something to color, right within your home. When you help your child calm, try to talk a little less and just be in the quiet of the moment while participating and modeling with things like:
Coloring (coloring books, free coloring, color by number)
Movement (stretching, mindful walking, yoga)
Puzzles (not too frustrating)
Guided relaxation (belly breathing)
Journaling (free or with topic)
Music (calming favorites)
Visuals (kaleidoscopes, glitter bottles)
My guess is you've learned many new things during the last few weeks. List 3 things that you are glad you know how to do. Did you know them before, or did you learn them in the face of challenging times?
Feeling of the Week- Calm
Calm happens when we actively practice self-regulation skills to calm our body and mind. It's especially helpful for calm to visit us when faced with disorder or upset.
When do you feel calm? After writing down or discussing your own ways, ask someone in your family when they feel calm. Is there a task you could do for them?
Feeling of the Week- Calm
Connect with Mrs. Krug
Need more help? We can connect by email or conference by phone at (832) 780-9054. My office hours for this next week are:
Wednesday, April 29: 2:00-4:00
Thursday, April 30: 9:30-11:00
(or email me to schedule a time that works best for you)
"I Can Calm"
This newsletter covers many "I Can Calm" methods. A new one you may not have tried yet is called "Guided Imagery". Guided imagery uses words and your imagination to generate mental images that will calm you. Try this ocean one below and see what you think. The sights and sounds of the ocean are meant to calm. These might be especially helpful for a "quiet time" in your daily schedule.
Parent Tip of the Week: Bedtime
Bedtime routines can be difficult during times of stress. If you and your child need some support for ending your day calmly, try the ideas found in this "Our Day Has Come to An End" book:
Texas Mental Health Hotline
Overwhelmed? Stress? Anxiety? This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919
National Help Hotline