Day 181 (of 185) when the heat is on….
The end of June marks a lot of pressure – the end of school year causes stresses for tests, pressure on transitions at the ‘end’ of a year – or time at a school, getting final assessments/marks communicated to the right people, AND the arrival of literal hot weather. As such, at this time of year more so than ever:
Stay moving – even if it’s on the shoulders of the day to stay a little cool
Breathe. Slowly in like you are smelling a flower; out like you are blowing on a candle but not blowing it out.
Make plans – coping steps plans are great (and why Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is so important) by breaking things down into smaller steps to accomplish.
Have some down time (consuming) by reading a book, listening to a movie or podcast, even use those “dreaded” screens – just not for too long 😜
Have some done time (creating) by doing some writing, sharing something on a social media platform, even use those “amazing” screens – to create via Minecraft or something new that only “kids” use
Be mindful that there is a reason for spinners, fidget cubes, stuffed animals, Pokémon cards, etc etc – they help distract a brain that may be being over-stimulated.
Do something out of the ordinary (as a family ideally) like driving to Tappen for ice cream or to Burger55…..and talk about “family trivia” (or general trivia or alphabet games – animals that start with A)
Because summer is here. And that means we have come to ends – and endings are hard – stopping class communities. No more structure and routine. Entering a time of…..”freedom” (that somehow has more restrictions and ‘donts’ than it maybe should have – see free range kids)
Again – stay hydrated……..and wear sunscreen…..and be cool 😎