"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." - John Kabat-Zinn
What works for you?
Coping Skills/Strategies: Ways to work through uncomfortable feelings/situations.
What Will students do during this lesson?
Students will collectively brainstorm coping skills that they could use when faced with an uncomfortable feeling/situation. This list might include:
Getting a drink of water
Squeezing a stress ball
Doing a wall push up
Writing what is bothering you and throwing paper away
Talk to a trusted adult
Use an I-Statement
What will students be taught?
Muscle Relaxation: a process where you slowly tense and release tension from muscle groups starting from your head down to your toes. Students will be using a short-video to guide them through this introduction into progressive muscle relaxation.
Self- Talk: can be used to alert ourselves and others to how we are feeling. This can be done by using a whisper voice or with an internal "thought bubble". We are acknowledging our current emotion. May also be used to affirm positive feelings/situations (i.e. "I feel happy when I ride my bike with a friend.")
Anger = "I feel angry, I need to calm down."
Sadness = "I feel sad, I will work to feel better."
Close your eyes and think about a favorite memory or place you love.
Encourage students to think about how this memory/place feels, smells and sounds.
Open your eyes once you begin to feel more calm/content.
Repeat as needed.
Coping Tools to make at home
Glitter Jar - Great and easy to make tools to support calming down and focus.
Squeeze Ball - another tool for calming. Can purchase these or make them (using a balloon filled with flour, kinetic sand, playdough, etc.)