Counsel from our counselors

Posted by Community Relations staff on 3/23/2020 10:00:00 AM

wings These days, stress, anxiety, worry and fear can leap out at you when you least expect it. Our counselors shared some ideas for battling these negative feelings.

“Breathe deep,” advised Regal counselor Becky Marshall. “The calmer the adults are, the calmer the students are.”

“It’s so easy to get caught up in worry,” added Melissa Alfstad, counselor at Wilson & Roosevelt. “It’s important to try to be mindful, to be in the moment, and more than ever, to practice self-compassion and be patient with ourselves and with each other.” 

For those feeling the stress of having the whole family together, Madison counselor Kendra Maurer suggested squabbles.com as a resource for conflict resolution. The site has 10 free video lessons for parents to use with their kids of all ages.

Another positive outlet, she said, is creativity – maybe working on an art project as a family, or making a big batch of slime or gloop/ooblek.

Alfstad and her granddaughter spent the weekend tucking found objects into bags with an inspirational note, and delivering them to neighbors and friends.

“Doing something for others can really help move us into a place where we’re not mired in fear,” she said. “We rise by lifting others.”