Mindfulness at Marysville
During our well-being lessons this month we will be talking about the difference between mood and mindset, perspective taking and mindful movement. Each of these topics explores the way we see and feelthings and the choices we can make to change that view, when/if we want to. When we realize we(students and adults!) have the power to shift our thinking and we learn how to do this, we often feel agreater sense of control and freedom in our lives - a feeling that may seem harder to find these days. To be successful at shifting our mindset or perspective, it’s important to first be able to identify how we arefeeling. Naming our emotions is something we practice at Marysville all the time! For a refresher on oneway to recognize and accept how you are feeling in the moment, try RAIN - a mindfulness practice forwelcoming your emotions.
For more information on these practices, click on the links above. And as always, if you have any questions or you are curious about additional emotional supports for your children please reach out. I’m happy tochat, brainstorm, offer suggestions or just listen.
Happy 2021! This is going to be a busy month of well-being! We start out practicing appreciation, then jump into neuroplasticity and the difference between good stress vs bad stress, and we’ll end the month with some mindful movement. All of these topics can be helpful at home as well as at school. Feel free to reach out for information on ways to do that.
I also want to share a few resources with you. This Grounding Moment practice is a great way to practice mindfulness at home, for all members of the family. And if you are noticing increased anxiety at home these days or are just looking for fun, creative ways to manage anxiety, Create More, Fear Less is a wonderful, free resource with activities for anyone to do at home. I regularly use these activities during small groups with students who have extra worries and anxious thoughts. Check ‘em out and let me know what you make!
As always, if you have any questions or you are curious about additional emotional supports for your children please reach out. I’m happy to chat, brainstorm, offer suggestions or just listen. Be well.
Sara Fuller, Marysville School Counselor
3/30/2020In uncertain times, it is understandable if you and/or your students feel a little (or a lot!) anxious. With constant news updates and social media posts, it's hard to not get caught up in the panic and keep perspective. Your child may have a lot of questions about what is going on and why they can't go to school or play with their friends. When you are overwhelmed by it all it can be hard to come up with the right answers. I’ve collected information from various sites that break down the coronavirus, social distancing and what to do instead of fighting with your kids about doing their homework. You can find everything I’ve pulled together here, https://
mindfulcounselor.weebly.com/ under the tab ‘Coronaviurus Info for Kids’. I’ve also included a tab with free activities that you can do at home, including mindfulness activities and yoga classes. I will continue to update these tabs with information so check back often.If you have additional questions or concerns, or your student would like to check in with me, please email me at email@example.com and we can connect via phone, zoom, google hangouts or email.If you need immediate support, please call the Multnomah County Crisis Line at (503)988-4888 (toll free 800-716-9769). They are available to help 24/7. Students can also connect to teen volunteers who are available through the Youth Line by calling (877)968.8491 or texting ’teen2teen’ to 839863.We are in this together.Sara FullerSchool Counselor