BMMS Counselor's Corner

Week of December 14th, 2020

Counselor's Corner Newsletter

Welcome to this week's Counselor Corner newsletter. This newsletter is designed to provide you with weekly information from the BMMS Counseling Department. For additional information, and previous newsletters, please visit our BMMS Counseling Website. To see previous newsletters, click HERE.

Counselor's away from school

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Do More of What Makes You Happy

Think about what you enjoy and do more of it.

It goes without saying that experiencing more of what makes you happy should make you… well… happier. Yet sometimes the pleasurable activities in our lives get crowded out by responsibilities. Take advantage of your down time and the upcoming break and do things your enjoy.

List activities that make you happy — big or small — and do at least 1.

Not sure what makes you feel good? Here are tips to get you thinking:

  • Remember what made you happy when you were a child
  • Recall what you were doing last time you felt especially happy
  • Ask a friend or family member when they last saw you feeling joyful and determine what triggered it
  • Examine what you tend to look forward to — such as time alone, with others, or off work and special events — then see what exactly it is about these things that inspires your happiness and how you can bring more of them into your life.

Enjoying the outdoors, walking with a family member, reading fiction, browsing old photos, listening to favorite music, — many of which are consistent with social distancing practices — that make some people happy. Write your happiness activities on your calendar to firm up your commitment.

Looking more ways to feel happy?

A few words from Ms. Rosalinda... BMMS Student Services Coordinator

I have been watching the news and listening to what people have to say about everything that is going on. I realized that my mood and feelings in general changed after listening to what other people had to say. Most people talking about current events are not very positive and that made me feel worried and sad, but there were few people who were positive and hopeful and that was uplifting. I felt better and hopeful. I already know what is happening like COVID and other things. Why do people's words have the power to change how I feel right after I hear them? I guess the answer is that “words matter.”

It’s clear that words can be uplifting or damaging, words encourage or discourage. Words create filters through which people view the world, and even a single word can make the difference between having a good or a bad day. Our own words affect us and others either positively or negatively, Speaking kindly even in self-talk is healthy and makes everything better. It is important to feel better to be kind to yourself using positive words about you, and also use positive words when talking to and about others.

My words to you is that “You are awesome!”

Considering the current times and uncertainties, it is especially important to take a moment here and there for self-care. Please visit the "Student Services Wellness Room" to find some suggested resources and ways to destress and relax.

The Mindful Minute Be Kind -STOP Thoughts

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Remember to attend your teacher's office hours each week. Office hours are a great time to get questions answered, check in with your teacher, or further understand your assignments. Even if you only attend for a short time, it's a good way improve your grades. Make it a goal to attend an office hour at least two times per week.
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SEL Lesson Thrively- Relationship Skills

This week's Social Emotional Learning is about Relationship Skills and how it can help strengthen your relationships and navigate friendships. Take a few minutes to check this out.

To access Thrively please click on the link below

Once prompted enter your username and password which are the following

Username: Student Id Number (ex:1234567)

Password: aesqul

Once you are in you will be prompted to change your password. If you have logged in before, please you the last password you created.

If you so choose, you can fill out your interests or take the strength survey.

Once you are logged in click on the link below.

This activity should take you less than 20 minutes.

Free Parent Classes

Here is a parent class offered through North County Lifeline for FREE Parent Education workshops offered in English and Spanish. The parenting classes are an 8 week course via virtual setting at this time. Parents that are interested need to call them directly for more specific information and the start dates for the new series. The representative informed me that the parent would need to participate since the beginning/first session as they cannot come in when the classes have already started. The next series is expected to start in January 2021. Please look at the flyers below.
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BMMS Counselor Contact information

Mrs Taylor (A-Ho, GATE): -(858) 376-7045-

Mr. Lightner (Hu-Me): - (858) 218-6586 -

Mr. Schafer (Mi-Z, AVID) - (619) 839-5650 -

The following resources are available 24/7 for mental health support should you need resources for yourself or someone you care about.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (on the back of your student ID card),

The Access & Crisis Line San Diego 1-888-724-7240,

The Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741.