Hello CMP Families,
As you all start your first week of summer, I would like to send you off with a message on resiliency. We have spent the last few months navigating through a worldwide crisis and we will continue to experience challenges that pop up.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress, such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. While this adverse event, the COVID-19 Pandemic, may be painful and/or difficult for many of us, it does not have to determine the outcome of our lives. There are many things about this situation that we can control, like spending quality time with our immediate families and building good memories that will last a lifetime. Being able to learn and grow from the things we can control, helps to build resilience when we are faced with the difficulties of a situation.
I would like share with you a wonderful acronym for the phrase "Bounce Back." Being able to "bounce back" from traumatic events or difficult situations builds resilience in people of all ages. Being resilient isn't necessarily a personality trait we are all born with, but we can develop behaviors and thought patterns to become resilient. Being resilient doesn't mean that we won't experience difficulties or set backs, or in some cases extreme emotional stress, but it is the ability to "bounce back," in other words to experience personal growth and learning from these experiences which makes us stronger.
Bad feelings go away again.
Other people can help if you talk to them.
Unhelpful thinking makes you feel more upset.
Nobody is perfect. Mistakes help you learn.
Concentrate on the good things & have a laugh.
Everybody feels sad & worried sometimes.
Blame fairly. What was your fault, what was the fault of others, and what was bad luck?
Accept the things you can’t change. But try to change what you can first.
Catastrophizing exaggerates your worries. Don’t believe the worst.
Keep things in perspective. Don’t let it spoil everything.
In a time where we may feel alone and the need to isolate, I want to encourage you all to find ways remain connected with one another. If you find yourself struggling, please know you are not alone. Therefore, I would like to pass on resource to all of you, The California Parent and Youth Helpline. It provides support and resources 7-days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. You can call or text, 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) to connect with someone.
I wish all of you a happy and safe summer, and I will see you in August!
COVID-19 Counseling Resources:
Coping with COVID-19
Coronavirus Explained to Children
Mental Health Resources-COVID-19
Social Emotional Learning Home Packet