We are focusing on a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset as well as Stress and Worry this LUCKY month in Positive Psychology!

We started of this week discussing how to manage stress better with the staff! Life, and particularly work, can be stressful! Self-care is not a nice-to-have but essential to keep us functioning well and improving overall well-being. Here are 6 Skills to Help Manage Stress Better.

We encourage you to answer these questions:

  1. Are you getting sufficient sleep? -Without sleep, we cannot think clearly.
  2.  Are you prioritizing physical activity? -Exercise is one of the best cures for stress.
  3.  Are you eating a balanced and varied diet? -Our brain is maintained by food we eat.
  4.  Are you making time for the people you care about? -Healthy relationships are vital for our well-being.
  5.  Are you giving the focus you would like to the things you are passionate about? -Self-expression enriches who we are and how we live.
  6. How can you make yourself more open to Community and Spirituality? Both ground who we are and how we live.

Over the next two weeks, we will be focusing on “Notice & Float” during our Positive Education focus with the children. We first read the book, “Ruby Finds a Worry” by: Tom Percival. This book is about Ruby, a happy, curious and imaginative young girl, but one day, she finds something unexpected…a worry!

It’s not a big worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger and a little bigger until eventually, the worry is ENORMOUS and is all she can think about.

But when Ruby befriends a young boy, she discovers that everyone has worries and not only that, there’s a great way to get rid of them too, and she just has to share her feelings.

This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotions and anxieties.

Once the teachers finished reading the book, the teachers asked questions about feelings and emotions, which led us into the activity. The children were asked to write or draw their feelings on a cloud and then that cloud would “float away”! We ended the activity by asking the children how they were feeling after their worry floated away.

Be sure to come back next week as we continue to discuss a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset, Stress and Worry!

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