Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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Time Management, Self-Regulation, and Self Care
Cristina Varriale

As we head into our second full week of online learning, I though it would be good to post some reminders about time management, self-regulation, and self care. 

As we head into our second full week of online learning, I though it would be good to post some reminders about time management, self-regulation, and self care.  Let's start with Maslow.  You may remember is PSHE we studied Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and used it as a guide to prioritize our "to-do" lists and create our time management sheets.  In case you have forgotten, here is what it looks like:

Are you getting enough sleep?  Are you eating a balanced diet, exercising daily, going outside, and connecting with people you love?  If you're not, you will not be able to work towards your highest potential.  During at-home learning, it is more important than ever to schedule screen breaks and time outdoors.  I know there is a lot of uncertainty happening around the world, and if you have friends or family in the US or Europe, you may be hearing a lot about social distancing.  At this time, Prime Minister Abe has asked us to avoid large gatherings but has not asked us to completely social distance.  Small groups are still okay.  Why not meet a friend in the park or go for a family walk?  Just be sure to wash your hands and face before leaving your house and once you have returned.

SELF-REGULATION

Self-regulation is the practice of checking in with yourself to see how you are feeling and how you are coping with your feelings. Here is a checklist I have created to help you monitor your feelings and behavior. Have you noticed a change in your mood since you have been home?  Are you feeling more irritable? Have you been experiencing prolonged feelings of sadness, anger, and/or worry?  Have you noticed changes in your sleeping, eating, and hygiene habits?  If you have answered yes to these questions, then the current situation may be having a more negative impact on your physical and mental health than you realized.  Please reach out to a trusted adult to talk about your feelings.  Remember, I am still available for online counseling via Zoom.

SELF-CARE

It is more important than ever to be practicing self care.  Take a break from screens and dive into a great book.  Spend some time journaling or creative writing.  Sing, dance, play, knit- be creative and do anything that brings you joy!  Have a family game night!  If you need some ideas, please check out this website: https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/easy-indoor-activities-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR3VXzCORs0u5QcJt9qvTff7Q0-yJXqWTATuKcOvrRdT0Oe80ay4fwM-qts

Also, several world renowned museums are offering virtual tours, including my favorite- the Musee D'Orsay of Paris.  Why not take a virtual trip somewhere with your friends and family.  Who is your favorite artist?  What painting do you love the most?  Which of these museums do you most hope to visit in real life some day?  

Please remember to look after yourself and each other during this time. If you or someone you know doesn't seem themselves, if you've noticed changes in mood, behavior, eating, sleeping, or hygiene habits, please notify a trusted adult and ask for help.  I am happy to continue offering counseling services via Zoom and can also offer referrals to community therapists if you would prefer to speak with someone outside of school.

Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

Happy International Women's Day!

How many of you exist in an echo chamber?  How many of you are able to listen to a different, even dissenting perspective, without becoming defensive or taking it as a personal attack? What can you do to become more open-minded?

Wellness Wednesday

Practicing wellness is an integral part of staying healthy, so I wanted to offer some tips for both students and adults during this time.

Gossip

In times of uncertainty, it is most important to be aware of gossip and how information is being communicated.  We have seen an incredible amount of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak being circulated around the internet. 

Positive Discipline Tool of the Month: Mistakes

Children are incredibly aware of the world around them, and the messages they receive about mistakes- intentional or unintentional- are internalized. If we want our children to be gritty, resilient, risk-takers, we need to be teaching that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn. If we want our children to succeed, we need to teach them how to fail.  

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