These next few weeks are going to be different for us all. I will be posting resources and activities for parents and students during our school closure to complete at home. It is my hope that these next few weeks go by fast and we are soon able to return to our normal.
I came across this list of journal prompts and am challenging myself to one a day! I started with 5 things I never realized I was grateful for - this was very relaxing and helped me to see the positives I have discovered through this situation.
student check in
The South Dakota Helpline Center has a webpage designated to resources to help students and adults during this time. Search for things like food and basic needs information, financial assistance opportunities, government information, mental health and family resources, and ways to volunteer. Search for resources by zip code to find what is available in our community.
It has already been a short while, and it will be a while yet. It is extremely important to keep a routine while you are at home. The goal of being away from school is to create some distance physically, but that doesn't mean you can't stay connected. Here are some tips:
- Stay connected - have real phone conversations, write letters/cards/emails, play board games with your family, spend time with your pets, and reach out to friends and family via facetime.
- Be mindful of media time - limit exposure to sources that increase anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear or anger. Stick to content that helps you feel hopeful, motivated, calm and inspired.
- Set a daily schedule - build in time to check in on your schoolwork, exercise, do something fun or creative, get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Set a time to end your day as well.
- Take breaks - make sure to step away during lunch, snacks, and add breaks for movement and healthy activities. Your brain needs time to relax and recharge.
- Make a homework space - this may help you feel like you have a place to go to school still to complete assignments. Having a dedicated workspace signals to your brain that it is time to work on assignments and when you leave it is time to end schoolwork. This doesn't have to be an entire room, but can be area where your materials and computer stay.
- Utilize healthy coping skills - journaling about your days might be really fun to read in the years to come, drawing, coloring, yoga, reading a good book, going for a walk.
- Practice gratitude - this helps the brain to focus on the positive and helps you feel more at ease in times of stress or uncertainty. Intentionally think of 3 things you are grateful for each day.
making a daily routine
If you have a plan, you are more likely to stick to it!
I have found that I need a schedule to keep myself on track, accomplish my goals for the day, and to not burn myself out by doing too much.
Make your own daily routine by downloading the pdf below: