Helpful Videos and Resources from the Counselors
School Closing - Mental Health and Stress -Take Care of your WHOLE Self Please
With the current closing of Chateaugay Central School, we want to make sure that all members of our community are being taken care of. These are stressful times for all of us. We have all heard the things that we need to do to keep ourselves physically healthy. We would like to offer some tips for helping to stay emotionally healthy as well.
Things you can do to support yourself
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
There are many things you can do to support your child
Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Try to keep a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
Here are some resources you may want to take advantage of if you feel you need some support for yourself or your child(ren):
Community Connections of Franklin County will offer assistance and information. If they are unable to help they will connect you with an agency who can. Call 518-521-3507
North Star Crisis Center is available for mental health needs, 24 hours a day. Call 518-481-8160
Guidance Corner for March 24, 2020
Today we are sharing a video by Counselor Keri called Worry Warriors: What Exactly is Worry?" This is the first in a series of five videos made by Counselor Keri, all about what worry is and isn't, how worry can affect us, and how to deal with worry. If you find this video helpful, the rest of the series can be found on Youtube by searching "Counselor Keri worry."
Guidance Corner for March 26, 2020
-- Hidden stressors from the change in circumstances can sneak up on kids and parents alike. Start and end your day with this short 1 minute breathing exercise. Also when you find your reaction taking over your brain or your child's reactions taking over their brain, pause with them and run through this 1 minute breathing exercise.--