Vol. 7, Issue 19; January 24, 2020
High School Winter Carnival Skating
Positive Psychology Corner with Dr. Miller
Hunt the good stuff: Healthy distractions
In our day to day lives, there is a lot of input that can trigger nagging worry and start the negative thought train down its tracks. Maybe you received an unpleasant communication on social media, or had a disagreement with a friend, or learned about another disaster reported in the news. We can’t escape the steady input from our environment that can trigger negative emotions, but we can manage it by the choices we make. Choose healthy distractions. Healthy distractions are important tools for derailing the negative thought train. First, make a list of the triggers that tend to get your negative thought train rolling. It is important to be aware of what tends to trigger negativity for you. Next, make a list of things that you really enjoy doing, or that can absorb your mind. Maybe you like to read, work out, take a walk in the woods, listen to music, or play an instrument. Maybe you could watch 15 minutes of funny YouTube videos or a sitcom on TV. When you feel the negativity creeping in choose one of your healthy distractions. It may not take long to break the negative thought cycle. Be aware of healthy distraction traps. Fifteen minutes of puppy videos on YouTube may be a healthy distraction. Mindlessly clicking on YouTube videos for two hours is not. Don’t use your healthy distractions to avoid responsibilities like homework. Then they are no longer healthy distractions, they are avoidance techniques. Also, beware of unhealthy distractions that you may use to escape your problems. These include drugs, alcohol, overeating, addictive gaming or excessive social media use. These unhealthy distractions lead to bigger problems in the long run. Healthy distractions, wisely used, can be another tool to help you hunt the good stuff. Try it out.
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Board of Education Meeting Dates 2019-20
The LPCSD Board of Education meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the District Office unless otherwise noted. Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:
February 4, 2020--Budget Work Session from 6-7 p.m. and Board Meeting 7 p.m.
February 18, 2020(during winter break)-- Board Meeting and if needed a Budget Work Session
March 3, 2020
March 17, 2020