OHS Counseling Resources for Teens
Helping yourself, family and friends through these rough times:
- Recognize your range of feelings as normal - Feelings will vary from person to person and moment to moment. Some feelings might be anxiety, depression and sadness.
- Find new ways to connect with your friends and family through social media, call on the phone, text messages, send a card or letter or video chat. If you're feeling lonely, sad or anxious, reach out to your social support networks. Share what you are feeling and offer to listen to friends or family members about their feelings. We are all experiencing this scary and uncertain time together.
- Take care of yourself - Be there for your friends, family, and siblings. Shower and get ready for the day even though you are at home and might not feel like it. Build in a daily routine. Be kind to yourself! Treat yourself with the same compassion you would a friend.
- Monitor media consumption. While you might want to stay up-to the minute with COVID-19 news, too much exposure can be overwhelming. Balance media consumption with other activities you enjoy such as reading, cooking or listening to music.
- Motivational speakers can be inspiring - postive ted talks below:
10 Learning Tips to Add Routine in Your Day:
- Wake Up
- Have a Good Breakfast
- Get Dressed in Real Clothes
- Start Academics by 9:00 AM
- Find a Quiet Place to Work
- Check Your Student Email Daily
- Stay Away From Distractions
- Learn a New Hobby or Skill
- Stay Connected to Family/Friends
- Go to Bed Early
Students - to help keep your homework organized with due dates; google sheets has a template called "Assignment Tracker".
4 Self Care Tools for Living With Anxiety
Relaxation Training - Tensing and relaxing various muscle groups can help someone voluntarily relax.
Exercise - Getting Up and Moving for 30 minutes a day (think walking, jogging, or lifting weights) can help mitigate some symptoms of anxiety.
Self-Help Books Based on CBT - Books using theories of cognitive-behavioral therapy can help someone work through periods of heightened anxiety.
Meditation - Learning to clear your mind through meditation can be a great tool to alleviate anxiety and stay present.
Seniors, we know that this is an especially difficult time for you. We are thinking of you and recognizing your concerns about completion of course work, college acceptance decisions, local scholarship awards and of course, your grad walk, cap and gowns, and graduation. We will keep you updated on these and other important topics on the Senior Google Classroom page.
Counselors have called every Senior. In some cases, we were unable to reach you by phone, so an email was sent. Please check your email and let us know you received the information concerning your specific requirements for graduation.
All students, know that we are here to support you. Email your counselor at:
Mrs. Kim Andrews: email@example.com
Mrs. Elizabeth Mendoza: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Juan Peralez: email@example.com
Mrs. Jennifer Simmons: firstname.lastname@example.org