Wellness Wednesday

Your Counselor - Ms. Mutter, & PBSES Coach - Ms. Kusunose

From Ms. Kusunose

Hello! At first glance, you may think kindness and joy are but one. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Joy is a feeling of happiness and pleasure. This week, the focus is on JOY. Some questions to ponder:

  • What brings ME joy?
  • What do I do to bring joy to OTHERS?

Some find that there are skills children can practice to be better at feeling joy.

  • Gratitude
  • Embracing challenges
  • Reframing negative thoughts
  • Mindful meditation = Decrease stress = Happy Feelings
  • Practice of compassion

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the sunshine.

For Student:

Mindful Meditation: Breathing Practice (2 minutes)

Breathing Rainbow - Go Noodle (12 minutes)

For Student and Family:

Find 3 bags and write down ideas of feelings that are:

1. Too Positive

2. Just Right

3. Too Negative

Open up the discussion about why your feelings may go into each of the bags and what changes you can make to move them from one bag to another.

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Joy Challenge Video:

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From Ms. Mutter

When I think about the word "Joy", a lot comes to mind. Joy is a mindset and a feeling, which can occur when we practice things such as Hope, Gratitude, Connection, Play/Humor, Forgiveness (many of these will be discussed in more detail in future newsletters). Joy is an internal practice, but it is also external - what I mean by this, is when we take the time to really reflect on the activities or the people that bring us joy or that "spark joy", we can then create the intention to make time for them and prioritize them. For most of us, it's really the little things that can bring us joy throughout the day, making us smile, helping us to live in the moment, or bringing a sense of fulfillment. During this time of quarantine, there are still many ways to cultivate joy within ourselves.

When I feel especially down, I will often write down some of the things that really make me feel joyful, so that I can take extra care to make time for them. Below is an example of what this looks like for me. Hopefully it can inspire you to do the same for yourselves!

** Note: If you have complications with accessing our available district food supports (or know someone who does), please reach out to Ms. Mutter and she will assist in finding a solution that best meets your needs**