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I am so sorry that I have not posted in nearly a month. It has been quite a crazy month filled with midterms, the inauguration, and the everyday stresses of life (I will try to post more regularly from now on). Because of my hectic situation, I have been needing to use some self care strategies more often than I usually do.
Self care, for those who may not know, is the practice of taking care of oneself. This can mean anything from taking time to be alone to doing the exact opposite, and discussing your feelings with someone close to you who you trust. The phrase self care has become more popular in recent months due to the election of Donald Trump. Many people have experienced (or are still experiencing) grief in regards to this result. Some, due to this time of intense emotion, began taking care of their emotional state for the first time.
It is important to remember, however, that your mental health should be a priority during all times of your life - not just the difficult ones.
I, personally, practice self care through breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and volunteering. These activities literally reduce the physical effects of stress on the body by lowering blood pressure, taking some of the tension away from muscles, and switching off your sympathetic nervous system.
If you have never heard of the phrase self care before, that is okay. Just know that it is never too late to start. If you have heard of self care, but have never tried it because of skepticism or lack of time, I strongly suggest you try a couple of techniques. They can (if you put your mind to it) make a world of a difference in daily stresses.
The SPHS Mediators website actually has a list of several different stress relief/self care strategies that can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/southpasmediators/resources/stress-relief-tactics
I truly hope you take some time to relax this week. Find which technique works for you, and stick to it. Trust me.
Thanks for your time! We'll talk soon!
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Hello all! Welcome to my, not very fancy yet , blog!
Basically, I'm hoping this first post serves to act as an invitation for people to join me on a journey.
You see, my school is in desperate need of a new, and hopefully functional, approach to working with children of trauma. One that gives students the life skills needed to cope with the stresses of a modern school world. Currently, much of what we do is rather reactionary: Student comes to school, experiences challenges with classmates or teachers, responds with poor coping skills (duh, children of trauma), is met with similar poor coping skills (hello, teachers? model please!), cyber attacks that would shame sovereign states, and disciplinary action when it all goes south! (Because we are all surprised when it goes bad, right?)
I often describe my job as playing a game of "Whack-a-Mole" for a living.
Fun for a moment but tiring, not very fulfilling, and leading invariably to defeat.
So, my upcoming blogs will give you a little better idea of my roadmap. A little of where we've been, my current location, and my planned path ahead.
Feel free to suggest alternate paths or beneficial side trips. I've never traveled this road, and if you have, your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Likewise, if you're also new to this road, chime in when you can and we can make this trip together!
And no, I don't plan to carry the road trip thing on forever. You'll just have to keep checking in to see what comes next.
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1. Teaches the skills to resolve one’s own problems
Students learn to negotiate their own conflicts with one another rather than having to turn to an adult, a skill that will help them succeed throughout life.
2. Improves self-esteem
Students feel better about themselves as they are able to come up with creative solutions to their own problems with others.
3. Saves time spent on discipline
Educators no longer have to take valuable time away from academics in order to resolve their students’ conflicts.
4. Keeps students in the classroom focused on learning
Rather than receiving punitive, top-down disciplinary actions that take them out of the classroom, students are able to develop solutions that keep everyone able to focus on academics.
5. Promotes critical thinking skills
Using problem-solving skills when involved in conflict exercises the brain’s critical thinking capacity.
6. Raises academic achievement
Students feel empowered to resolve their own conflicts in ways that work for them, so they can concentrate on learning rather than worrying about disputes.
7. Builds relationships and community
As students resolve their problems with one another, they learn about other’s perspectives and how to collaborate with one another.
8. Enhances positive school climate
Students have stronger relationships with their peers and educators and the skills to work through challenges that arise.
9. Develops twenty-first century skills
Building effective conflict resolution skills is imperative for succeeding in the workplace.
10. Encourages productive resolution of conflicts in all areas of life
Conflict resolution skills that students develop aid them in all areas of their lives, in turn spreading to others among their homes, schools, and communities.
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