So... you're at home and wondering, "what am I to do with all this free time and no school counseling lessons?" Well shucks, I was thinking the same thing! But have no fear, I have you covered. Over the next few weeks, this will be the place I post daily reflection prompts, activities and games to play at home, and other counseling tid-bit, ("what is a counseling tid-bit, Mr. Ward?" You're gonna have to come back to find out!). Let's jump into it and make connections from home!
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Resources for Parents (you're doing a GREAT job!):
- "Parenting Through Covid-19" from UW (follow the giant link): https://education.uw.edu/news/professor-launches-livestream-series-parenting-through-covid-19?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmprd1pUZzRNakl4WmpoayIsInQiOiJma2lcLzVQREQyXC9tTHdRcFNpUDA0a0hUSG44MFZQZnMwd0tVOTRZenN5K3JIbCtwRTg1b3NJTE9PRDZ1SEVzRFlyUDlSNFc3MUowVkFUOVJwSGxBK3pucGFhSGFTR3paUFFSQzBDR3lJTE5waFwvQUtrOWY0T21DUmljaEVzem1iOSJ9
- Self-Compassion: Are you being kind to yourself during this pandemic? It is almost impossible to love those around us if we do not feel that we are enough, that we are connected, or that we are deserving of love. Take some time to think about self-compassion at the beginning of each day:
- Wide Open School: https://wideopenschool.org/
TONS of resources for families with topics like scheduling, emotional well-being, activities for home, and more!
- Center for Healthy Minds: https://centerhealthyminds.org/well-being-toolkit-covid19 - Great resources for kids and families to access during this time.
Reflections: I call these reflections from within(side). They are intended to give you an excuse each day to quiet your mind and body and be reflect on our current situation with family and friends. When something uneasy happens in our lives, we feel the need to gain control, in any place, and any way. We rush to understand everything and sometimes forget to find the beauty in our imperfect lives. Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. Use these reflections to take note of these ordinary moments, and make in-home learning joyful!
I have started to make my reflections into video format! Follow the link below to connect via video, and share with other families and friends. Make a video of your own, draw a picture, take a picture, sing a song, do a dance, connect with myself and with others!
Click on the button to share and read reflections from others! Make a new post, comment on mine, post a picture, send a song from Spotify or a video from YouTube; be creative!
Day 15 (4/6): Make the Most Monday! What is the most difficult part of your day? How can you change your mindset to make it the most rewarding?
Day 14 (4/3): Compassion Friday! Where is there shared imperfection in your life today? Remembering this helps us feel less isolated, be more self compassionate!
Day 13 (4/2): Thoughtful Thursday! We are all suffering a bit from this Coronavirus situation. We are tempted to keep up with the speed of life before this pandemic hit. Have we given enough thought to the slowing down of life, and what that can grant us? What is the opportunity for love in this situation?
Day 12 (4/1): Worthiness Wednesday! Here's a fact for you: You are worthy of love. That is a fact that you do not have to buy, win over, or get lucky to find. What does it mean to you to be worthy of love? How will you remind yourself of this today?
Day 11 (3/31): Truthful Tuesday! In this time of great trial and tribulation, it is easy to become stressed, thinking that we need to do more than what we are called to do. Recognizing what we can do, and perhaps more importantly, what we are not called to do can allow us to live full lives. So ask yourself today: What are my strengths, and what are my limitations?
Day 10 (3/30): Make the Most Monday! How has your strength surprised you during this time that has maybe made you a bit sad, hopeless, isolated?
Day 9 (3/27): Compassion Friday! You may feel stuck, but you are still full of potential for showing compassion. List ways you have showed compassion towards others this week!
Day 8 (3/26): Great sorrow and great joy are often seen to be parts of the same experience, (overcoming a large challenge in school, disagreements with close friends). How is this especially true right now, in the midst of the pandemic ?
Day 7 (3/25): Being in quarantine has meant that we are missing out on some big life events. Times like these can teach us valuable lessons about honoring our grief and sadness, while seeing how joy can exist at the same time. It is good to simply be in these moments. What might you be missing during this time? How do you feel about it?
Day 6 (3/24): Find something special in your home that makes you feel like you belong. Why does this object make you feel this way? How can you share this feeling with someone else in your home today? Take a picture of this item, journal about it, or place it someone where everyone can see it.
Day 5 (3/23): Week two of online learning! How do I feel mentally? Physically? Spiritually? How does the way I feel differ than the beginning of last week?
Day 4 (3/20): Think back to Monday, when online learning began. How have you grown during this first week? What have you learned about yourself? Make a goal for yourself for week 2 of quarantine.
Day 3 (3/19): Today is the first day of spring! Pope Francis once said: "Each day in our world, beauty is born anew." What does this quote mean to you?
Day 2 (3/18): What are you hopeful for today? How will you remind yourself of this hope throughout the day?
Day 1 (3/17): What does "home" mean to you? Look around your house today. What brings you joy? Peace? Confidence?
Looking for something peaceful to reflect to? Missing the great outdoors? Think outside the box and watch these animal live stream videos!
Games and Brain Breaks:
These games are brought to you by an organization I worked for in Boston called Playworks. They rock. Follow the links to learn how to play:
This is a warm-up is called "Shake it Up, Shake it Down." Great to start the day with!
This is a game called "Crack the Code."
This is a game called "Popcorn."
This is a game called "One Step Back."
Resources from Big Life Journal: Games, what to do when I'm bored, (with and without siblings!), and daily to-do lists:
Stay at Home Care Package: https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/stay-at-home-printable-pack-families
Mindfulness, Meditation and Online Therapy:
Abide App: https://abide.co/
Headspace App (FREE RIGHT NOW!): https://www.headspace.com/ -> Find them on YouTube as well! https://www.youtube.com/user/Getsomeheadspace
REAL Therapy (FREE for one month): https://www.join-real.com/real-to-the-people --> Great for parents, too!
The Art of Living: https://event.us.artofliving.org/us-en/hcp-online-wellness-program/
Coaches for Good: (Half hour, FREE): https://www.coaches4good.org/?fbclid=IwAR1iJTAbLC8VjcJR9fCD6153xDA0LtTAwDAna9U2pdcYRJUPfRxTi1LiZBo
Check it out, the KIND Challenge! Follow this link and GET AFTER IT!
During this time, we can be particularly mindful of how we inspire others towards acts of kindness! If you have any fun pictures of yourself doing an act of kindness, getting fresh air, or creatively exercising your mental health, send them my way!