NOW THAT WE MAY BE AT HOME MORE , WE CAN.....
With everything that is going on today, we realize that you and perhaps many families and friends are going through a range of emotions. The world has gotten more complex in ways and yet, we are finding ourselves becoming more adaptive and creative.
The following are some ways to use your time a home to relief some tensions and still focus on prevention.
Conversation not Confrontation – Some of the most important conversations begin with a simple question. Use this time to catch up on what is everyone’s favorite thing by asking a question like “what fun thing have you discovered about yourself or that you like to do?” Then together develop the answer into a strategy to use when anxiety or stress creeps in.
Teachable Moments – Many of the remembered teachable moments happened in the car when no one could leave into you reached your destination. Now you have more of those moments and more frequently, use them to your advantage.
Staying Connected – If you are able to use zoom, or use other direct “face- to- face” communication methods, that is good. However, now is a great time to go back to old fashion letter writing. Encourage each other to write notes or letters expressing the good, special, or unique things you like about one another. You can leave the special notes around the house. In addition you may of relatives and friends that do not live by, and you are thinking of them. Write a letter stating your appreciation, wonder or fond memory of another time send them long distance, to relatives and friends, they will make good keepsakes.
Journaling – Journaling is a good way to write down your feeling, what you would like to say (and sometimes can’t ), to keep for yourself to reflect on or a good way to get your thoughts together to express later. Don’t be afraid to write everything, you get to decide if it is shared. You could use journaling as an outlet by writing and then tearing it up, or you can share it and use it as a tool to get help or help someone else.
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EIGHT DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
As parents, you are one of your child's most important teachers; a key role in his or her social emotional development. According to a featured article in Promoting a Positive School Climate, "Social and emotional development builds the "soft skills" that are important for success in school and beyond."
When youth are encouraged to build and practice things like learning to express feelings/emotions, develop relationships and communicate with others, it is key to helping them find positive solutions to problems, and making healthy safe choices. It is a foundation for wellness and being in a healthy environment.
Wellness can be a conscious, deliberate process that requires awareness of/ and making choices for a more satisfying lifestyle. Wellness is not merely the absence of disease, illness and stress, but the presence of the dimensions listed in the diagram. Each dimension is interconnected covering every aspect of your life.
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