Managing Stress & Anxiety

  • There’s no way around it. Stress and anxiety are now a part of our lives in ways we could never have predicted. What’s going on with the Corona Virus and trying to have school at home is REAL!! And there’s a ton of uncertainty about how this will all play out.

    We’re all at home, with family members, trying to figure out what to do and how we’re feeling. In the simplest terms…stress is our immediate reaction to a situation, event, or threat. Anxiety is the feeling and the thoughts that come after the stressful situation. Anxiety can come in waves and it can stick with us for a while.

    When we first found out about how serious the Corona Virus could be… this was stressful. And what most of us have been feeling since, in our bodies and in our thoughts, is the anxiety. So,what do we do? How can we manage the stress and anxiety?

    The good news is that there are a lot of things we can do to manage these emotions or feelings.  These are some of Mrs. Tribble's & Mrs Foster's favorites.  
    • Talk about your thoughts and feelings to people who care about you
    • Email your school counselors.  We want to talk to you.  ** Mrs. Tribble (ptribble@mcssk12.org)   ** Mrs. Foster (cfoster@mcssk12.org)
    • Be creative… write, draw, paint, make music, write lyrics
    • Meditate… learn to slow your thoughts and focus on your breath
    • Get physical… exercise releases “feel good” chemicals in your brain
    • Research… when we’re anxious because we don’t understand something, research can inform us, and may help put us at ease
    • Google.... how to make Thinking Putty or DIY stress ball from balloons
    • Google ... virtual bubble wrap popping
    • Research .... Calming Apps (Smiling Minds, Fluid)
    • Set routines… getting into healthy habits can reduce stress and anxiety
    • Do for others… being generous, caring and supportive to others can take our minds off of our own stress and anxiety
    • Fix something that’s broken
    • Do chores to music
    • Throw yourself into your education and prepare for your future
    Emotions are NOT our enemies. Anything we feel is completely normal and healthy and every human, at some time or another, experiences all of the same emotions. It’s how we react to our feelings and thoughts that can be either healthy or unhealthy. 
     
    With this new reality of being at home, not going to school, and perhaps worrying about the bad stuff that could happen… it’s more important than ever to learn what works FOR YOU when you want to feel calm and relaxed.
     
    The bottom line is this. It’s perfectly normal to have felt stressed when we first realized how real all this virus stuff is… and it’s perfectly normal to be feeling waves of anxiety. Just remind yourself, often, that you’re perfectly capable of coming out of this, stronger, smarter and ready to go when it’s all over. The secret is doing things every day that are healthy, and that help you find moments of peace and calm. 
     
    Adapted from Seth Rockman, Woodburnpress.com

MMS Guidance Office

  • About MMS Guidance
    The Guidance and Counseling program addresses the needs of each student by utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, school counselors promote student success, provide preventive services and instruction in the classroom, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, and personal/social development for all students.

    Counselors are available to all students by appointment or on a walk-in basis.  Parents are asked to make an appointment to avoid waiting for help.

    Your conversations with a counselor will be held in confidence with the following exceptions:

    • Threat of harm to oneself
    • Threat of harm to another
    • Any report of abuse

Guidance Office

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    Patty Tribble
    Counselor
    Grade 6
    ptribble@mcssk.12.org

    Erin Wilson
    Counselor
    Grades 7 &8
    egwilson@mcssk12.org