Thank you for your patience during this trying time. I am the counselor for students last name Maru - Mons, Scholars Program, and Interventions. I have provided some resources for students and parents/guardians below. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones during this difficult time of school dismissal. As of now, you can reach me during school days via email and I am confident we will get through this together as Condors and emerge stronger than ever. I am here to help you the best I can.
Click on this link for Mental Health Hotlines:
Healthy Living Tips:
- Exercise. Exercise is a way to manage stress that doesn’t have to add to your financial woes. For example, a 20-minute walk or jog around your block can yield up to 12 hours of improved mood. The main thing is to find a physical activity that you enjoy, whether it’s dancing or yoga.
- Write. Dedicating a period of time every day to write about a situation that is bothering you may reduce tension and give you stress relief for the rest of the day. Keeping a journal can also help you solve problems or find positive angles amongst the stressors.
- Laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine. It is proven to lower tension, and at the same time, improves blood flow and the health of your heart. Rent a funny movie or hang out with that wannabe-comedian pal, and forget about your worries for a while.
- Take care of yourself. When tension spikes, it can be tempting to put yourself last — but prioritizing healthy eating, physical activity, relationships, and sleep is necessary if you want to avoid making your stress worse.
- Get some fresh air. If you are cooped up inside all day, take a few minutes to get outside and see the sun. A little time in the great outdoors can improve your mood and help you relax.
- Be kind to yourself. Think about positive affirmations daily. Thinking negative thoughts only makes you feel bad and will increase stress. Tell yourself you are doing a good job, and believe it!
- Meditate. Practice deep breathing and meditation exercises daily, and when you feel tension rising.
Be thankful. Showing thanks for your family, friends, and loved ones and being thankful for the positive aspects of your life has a calming affect. Not only does it give you perspective, it makes other people feel good, too.
* You don’t need all the above, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, any or all may help. Even better, add a few to your regular routines to keep stress away.