Resources for Students
Are you (or your child) feeling anxious or stressed?
Do you want additonal activities to do while we are not meeting at school?
We included some printable resources and helpful websites below. If you need anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our contact information is on the "Welcome" page.
Google Classroom Lessons/Resources
The Google Classroom code for your grade level can be found in the list HERE. Through these classrooms, you will be able to access information regarding college/financial aid updates, explore Xello, and participate in Social/Emotional Learning (coping skills, self-care, etc) while you are home. Join your class today!
Grounding is a set of simple strategies that can help you detach from big emotions (e.g., anxiety, anger, sadness, self-harm). It is basically a way to distract yourself by focusing on something other than the difficult emotions you are experiencing. You may also think of grounding as centering, distracting, creating a safe place, or healthy detachment.
Although grounding does not solve the problem that is contributing to your unpleasant emotions, it does provide a temporary way to gain control over your feelings and prevent things from getting worse. Grounding anchors you, gives you a chance to calm down, and allows you to eventually return and address the problem that is triggering the unpleasant emotions to begin with. And grounding can be done anytime, anywhere, and no one has to know. More information HERE.
Check out the grounding poster below for 5 easy grounding steps.
Mindful Morning was held in the Counseling Center every day for students that wanted to come in and practice their mindfulness techniques before school started. We used the website, Mind Yeti. Mind Yeti added videos to their YouTube channel for students to access for free at home. You and your child can listen to them HERE to continue learning about mindfulness while they are home. Please email Ms. Neely if you have any questions or would like additional resources.
Coping Skills For Kids has a great description on why deep breathing matters.
"When you are calm, your body is in what is known as “rest and digest” mode. Your breathing is normal, your muscles are relaxed, and your heart rate is normal. It's how you would be when you’re watching a show and relaxing. But then suddenly, a dinosaur is chasing you!!
When you experience a stressful event (like an unexpected dinosaur in your living room), your body automatically goes into what is known as “flight, fight or freeze” mode. Your heart rate increases, your stomach stops digestion, and your breathing becomes more shallow.
The goal of calming exercises is to get yourself from “flight, fight or freeze” mode back to “rest and digest” mode. Deep breathing helps get more oxygen into your bloodstream, opening up your capillaries. It has a physical effect on your body to help you calm down and lower stress.
So deep breathing does make a big difference for kids."
Click HERE to go to their website to try some deep breathing activities and check out the pictures on the left for more fun visuals.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact our county hotline at 1-209-468-8686, National Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (or text: 741741), Teen Hotline at 310-855-4673 (or text: 839863), call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room / hospital.