Dear Holy Trinity Parents,
I say this often to others (and even myself) as a reminder and it seems apropos to share now. We hear it each time we get on the airplane. “In case of an emergency, put on your own mask first before assisting others.” At first, that sounds a bit selfish but upon further reflection, it makes so much sense. We truly cannot adequately (or for very long) care for others, if we don’t take care of ourselves first. To that end, I am simply reminding us all to do just that – in every aspect, physically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, mentally. I think it is so important that we step back and remember the importance of self-care. Next week, I plan to share a fun self-care challenge to our students as part of the weekly Counselor Corner but thought I should challenge you, the parents, of the importance of self-care first. You guys are amazing and we are in this together!
I have read many recommendations on how to practice self-care (putting the oxygen mask on ourselves first) and love taking a holistic approach. There are many definitions of being holistic but most say that a holistic human being is someone who understands that their daily habits are the largest contribution to their lifespan and well-being. A holistic approach to body, mind, and soul can not only transform our health and well-being, but it can also benefit so many other aspects of our life -- relationships, help us be more patient, understanding, loving and generally help us to become more mindful and awake as a person in your day to day life. So how do we do that with the current situation of being #healthyathome? I would first say we do it creatively (and by carving out short intervals of time for YOU)! The past couple of weekly Counselor Corner posts on our HT Website have wonderful resources for kiddos on mindfulness and dealing with stress and many of those can help us all (no matter the age). Basically, find a piece of joy in as many of the small life moments as possible. Sometimes just BE. I think of a Scripture verse in Psalms: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” I have a picture in the School Counseling Office that reads, “Do one thing daily that makes you happy” – do that now! I do find it so important to me, and suspect it could help us all, to simply find a few minutes for reflection and gratitude daily as well (the small things, most especially now, are really the big things). For a few more specific tips – I have included an attachment to an article as well as video from a therapist on the importance of parents and caregivers to take care of themselves – put on their oxygen mask. With my office being in the fifth grade hallway, I miss hearing them end their school day with this Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
That is my prayer for each of you! Please continue to reach out at email@example.com
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