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Hang in there Bulldogs, remember WE ARE EDGEWOOD!

Mrs. Alaniz

Anxious, Angry, Worried...Oh My! 

We Are Here to Help. 

Use These Social Emotional Resources

If your child is showing signs of worry, take a moment and try some of these activities:

  • Controlled Breathing Exercises - You can simply count breaths for them (inhale 1 2 3 4 5 hold 1 2 3 4 exhale 1 2 3 4 5 6 7) or use tools like a pinwheel or bubbles. Help them slow their breathing and really exhale all of the air to calm their bodies and minds.  I have taught them to trace their fingers.  When they are tracing up on their fingers they breath in through their mouth and when they are tracing down their fingers they breathe out their mouth.  Letting good oxygen into their brain and pushing out the anger, anxiety and worry through their mouth.  
  • Muscle Relaxation- see video below
  • Grounding technique- This grounding exercise is a great go-to for kids. All they need for this exercise is their senses! Have students practice identifying:   5 things you see,  4 things you hear, 3 things you smell, 2 things you can touch, 1 thing you taste.
  • Worry Warriors Videos by a Counselor friend of mine called Counselor Keri - see video below

Some Social Emotional Guidance Lessons

 It's a contradiction. No one really wants to go to school (well, not most of us) but at the same time, you're missing the quality time with friends that makes the whole school thing tolerable. Don't give up hope, here's a few tips to help you through these weird, weird times.

  1. Maintain your sleep schedule
    The human body really likes being in a rut. Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It's also known as your sleep/wake cycle. Make sure you're going to bed (and getting out of it) at about the same time you would if you were still going to school everyday.

  2. Go to school... At home!
    As you're probably aware, EISD has set up an ELearning web site and most teachers will be using google classrooms.  This site is full of lessons, assignments, site links and guides to help you guys stay engaged with school work. There's also info for contacting your teachers and staying in touch. Spend a few hours (at least) everyday checking in and doing assignments.

  3. Break-up your day
    Treat your home day just like a school day and break it into manageable chunks. Don't try to do all your assignments in one sitting, block out a little me time along the way. Listen to music, draw, sketch, paint, or just set your imagination free. If you're in athletics, go out and run some wind sprints or kick a ball around. The idea is to add a little variety to your schedule. Don't spend the whole day sitting in one place, doing one thing. Have some fun with it.

  4. Go outside
    It's not like we're quarantined here... Get some sunshine on your face. Go for a walk or run, ride a bike, lie in the grass, enjoy the outdoors -- pretend like it's recess.

  5. Chat with friends
    Listen up, this is probably one of the most important things you need to do: Stay close to your people. Text, call, chat, IM, Zoom, whatever it takes but stay in touch. They need you as much as you need them, trust us on this one. For some real fun, setup a Google Hangout with your lunch crew. Yep, invite your whole table to a Hangout and share in the daily drama your brain craves.

  6. Send a card or letter to nursing home residents
    As the country continues to battle the spread of coronavirus, many nursing homes, including those in our area, are encouraging visitors to stay away to protect the elderly and at-risk population from the virus. This includes family and volunteers. Show your love by sending a card or letter.  

Counselor's Corner Assistance  

Please let me know if you or your child needs assistance during this crazy time we are experiencing.  I am here for each of you.  My email is ralaniz@edgewood-isd.net.  The email goes straight to my phone.  I will contact you as soon as possible.  We can also video conference through Zoom just use my email.   

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