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Savoring Positive Experiences
This 2-minute video for parents features Mental Health Therapist Stephanie Dann talking about savoring positive experiences.Uploaded May 20, 2021 to COVID-19 School Information
- Often people will say it is easier for them to remember or focus on the negative rather than the positive experiences in life.
- There is a reason for this! Negative experiences are stored differently in the brain, they are considered implicit memories and they are more felt in the body when remembering.
- Positive experiences are stored as standard memories, they don’t carry as much “weight” in our memory system. They aren’t recalled as often or as vividly.
Challenge: Try deliberately remembering the positive experiences you have during the day, big or small, and recall how it felt. This will help to make the memories more salient and you can see an increased positive mood!
Relaxation Techniques for Children
This 2-minute video for parents features Mental Health Therapist Stephanie Dann talking about quick and easy relaxation techniques for children.Uploaded May 07, 2021 to COVID-19 School Information
- When children are stressed or upset, they can feel it in their bodies. By changing the way our bodies feel, we can also change how we feel emotionally. We can do this through breathing and movement.
- Belly breathing: have your child lay on the ground and put a stuffed animal on their stomach, have them take deep breaths to make the animal go up and down
- Hot chocolate breathing: pretend to hold a cup of hot chocolate, breath in to smell it and breath out to cool it off
- Making lemonade: pretend to hold a lemon in each hand, squeeze as hard as you can to get the juice out and then drop the lemon
- Spaghetti noodle: pretend to be an uncooked spaghetti noodle straight up and down, then a cooked spaghetti noodle relaxing your body
Challenge: Try teaching one of these relaxation techniques to your child when they are in a calm state, then help them to do it at a time this week when they get upset.
Letting go of Thoughts
This 2-minute video for students and parents features Mental Health Therapist Stephanie Dann talking about letting go of thoughts.Uploaded Apr 23, 2021 to COVID-19 School Information
- Thoughts are what our mind says to us, they affect how we feel and act.
- Sometimes we can challenge or reframe thoughts, other times we get stuck in our negative thought patterns.
- We can’t prevent negative thoughts from popping up but we can change our relationship to our thoughts by how much we pay attention to them.
- We can learn to observe our thoughts and decrease their emotional impact by diverting our focus.
Challenge: Try googling “Leaves on a Stream meditation” to be guided through a short visualization on letting go of your thoughts, there are many great videos out there for this with young children and also adults!
10 Second Hugs
This 2-minute video for parents features Mental Health Therapist Stephanie Dann talking about 10 second hugs.Uploaded Mar 30, 2021 to COVID-19 School Information
- There is a real value in physical connection, like hugs.
- Research shows that a 10 second hug can increase feel-good hormones like oxytocin, which causes stress to drop and increase in positive mood.
- When times feel hard, try doing a 10 second or longer hug. It strengthens the connection between you and the other person.
Challenge: Try to do at least 3 hugs this week that last 10 seconds or longer, it will give your body and your relationship a boost!
Coping Skills Part 2
This 3-minute video for students and caregivers features Mental Health Therapist Stephanie Dann talking about coping skills (part 2).Uploaded Mar 22, 2021 to COVID-19 School Information
- Coping skills are anything we do to help us with uncomfortable thoughts or feelings.
- Self-Compassion is showing yourself the same care you would show a friend that is going through a hard time, examples would be massage your hands, taking a hot shower or bath, treat yourself to something nice, take a break, cook your favorite food, positive affirmations, self-care
- Thought Challenging is identifying and pushing back on negative thought patterns, examples would be write down your negative thoughts and then examine the evidence for or against them, talk out your negative thoughts with a friend, replace negative thoughts with positive or neutral thoughts
- Accessing your higher self is connecting with a perspective greater than your own and shifting your focus outward, examples would be volunteering, meditating, praying, gratitude, random acts of kinds, doing something nice for someone else
Challenge: Use self compassion, thought challenging, and accessing your higher self as a coping skill this week, extra points if you try something you have never done before! Push yourself not to be reliant on just one type of coping skill.
Coping Skills Part 1
This 3-minute video for students and families features Mental Health Therapist Stephanie Dann talking about coping skills (part 1).Uploaded Mar 15, 2021 to COVID-19 School Information
Coping skills are anything we do to help us with uncomfortable thoughts or feelings.
Think about coping skills like a buffet, you should try lots of them and you can use different kinds based on the situation.
-Distraction is absorbing your mind in something else, examples include conversation, tv, reading, arts and crafts, video games, listen to music, organize, clean, do a project
-Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, examples include noticing sights, sounds, smells around you, scanning your body and noticing how it feels, deep breathing
-Catharsis is letting out how we feel physically, examples include run, cry, laugh, yell/scream, cold shower, popping bubble wrap, dance, journal, playing sports
Challenge: Use distraction, mindfulness, or catharsis as a coping skill this week, extra points if you try something you have never done before! Try to “sample” something new from the coping skill buffet.