Wednesday Well Wishes
Remote Counseling-week 5
While uncontrollable circumstances might cause sadness in us or our children, there are ways that we can be intentional about working through the sadness. We cannot "happy up" our children or anyone who is experiencing sadness. But, if we validate their feelings with options for expressing the sadness, they can then utilize the body and mind's natural mechanisms to take the next steps. It is the body's "intent" to help us feel joy through dopamine, oxygen, etc. Practice this using the "I Calm" section. It is also good practice to know the signs and symptoms of depression when monitoring our child's sadness.
Let's return to this basic check-in with our children this week. Continue to ask these 4 questions. If your child tends to not answer a certain one or two, that's ok. Accept what they are comfortable with and then model with your own answer if you have one.
Feeling of the Week- Sad
With feelings it is best to try to "name it to tame it". Naming our feelings helps normalize them and validates the fact that everyone feels this way sometimes. What are some other words you can think of that mean the same thing as "sad" to you?
This week, work with your child to combat negative thoughts. A conscious awareness is still an option for working through the feelings without trying to "happy them up" if you first validate the feeling.
Feeling of the Week- Sad
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:
Thursday April 23: 2:00-4:00
Friday April 24: 10:00-11:00
Monday April 27: 12:00-1:00
Tuesday April 28: 9:00-10:00
(or email me to schedule another time)
"I Can Calm"
When you feel sad, you might wonder if what you are feeling is normal or how long you will feel the sadness. It's important to express sadness in ways such as talking it out, crying, writing it down, and actively calming or grounding. Belly breathing can help with any big feelings of sadness. Here's some more practice:
Parent Tip of the Week: Self-Care
We can only care for our children if we are also taking care of ourselves. Click on the links below for a special message and for reminders to forgive yourself, be kind to yourself, and practice your own self-care. You are doing a great job!
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
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