What is Mental HealthPosted by Eric Wolf on 3/1/2021 2:00:00 PM
Mentall Health can be a broad term that can sound scary and overwhelming at times. Here are a couple of things that Mental Health can look like:
- Being aware of, and properly handling, your emotions
Knowing your emotions and being able to effectively handle them leads to an overall greater mindset. Knowing your emotions will allow you to respond to them and utilize them effectively.
- Seeking Therapy
Therapy can provide help with many different things such as mental illnesses (such as depression or anxiety), an outlet for expression, anger management, and much more! Some people go to therapy because it helps them rationalize the world around them, while others go because it makes them feel good and keeps them on track.
- Doing things you love!
A huge part of mental health is finding time to do something you enjoy. This can be painting, reading a book, playing a game, or even just going out for a walk (when it gets warmer). Finding time to do the things you love ensures that your brain isn't working all the time and that you are getting the breaks you need.
- Relaxing your mind
Relaxing your mind gives you a chance to step back and remove yourself from the difficulty of a job or homework. Some common techniques to relax your mind include yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques.
There are many more things that encompass mental health and it is extremely important to take time each day and ask yourself if you are doing enough to keep your mind healthy.
Schooling Without MotivationPosted by Eric Wolf on 1/8/2021 2:00:00 PM
Many teens and pre-teens, such as the students at Classical Academy, have found it difficult to stay motivated during virtual learning and the pandemic. Between economic issues, lack of social interactions, and an increase in distractions in the learning environment, many students are less motivated to succeed in their classes.
But all hope is not lost! We still have the majority of the school year remaining to get back the motivation to attend and succeed in the classroom. Here are some tips to help from psyhcolgist Lisa Damour in a New York Times Article.
1. Understand the Two Basic Types of Motivation
Intrinsic motivation takes over when we have a deep and genuine interest in a task or topic and derive satisfaction from the work or learning itself.
Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, gets us to work by putting the outcome — like a paycheck or a good grade — in mind.
2. Encourage Intrinsic Motivation
In practice, Instrinsic Motivation means that young people should be given as much say over their learning as possible, such as giving them options for how to solve problems, approach unfamiliar topics or practice new skills. This can also involve, whenever possible, letting tweens and teenagers decide the order in which they tackle their assignments, how they want to prepare for tests or where they feel they study most effectively, even if that means that their papers carpet their bedroom floors.
3. Know when to use Extrinsic Motivation
Teens and parents can think together about strategies to help face down the many homework assignments students can get on a daily basis. Think about what would help them succeed. Would it help to have a parent work quietly nearby in silent solidarity? Would the teenager like to study in 25-minute intervals followed by five-minute breaks to stretch, snack or check social media? Might the promise of a new video game or clothing article encourage them to study just a bit harder?
Adults should be ready to stand back and admire the fantastic solutions that young people land upon themselves. Some adolescents buckle down with the help of a YouTube study buddy, others hold out the carrot of a video game or run once the work is done.
Overall, there are many ways to increase motivation amongst students, you just have to find the one that works best for you and your child.
Bullying in a PandemicPosted by Eric Wolf on 12/11/2020 12:00:00 PM
Welcome to the first Social Work Blog Post. I will be posting on Fridays of each month detailing Social and Emotional Learning, Bullying, Mental Health, and more!
Bullying in a Pandemic:
Bullying is something that is common amongst all schools across the world. one out of every five students reports being bullied and nearly half of those who reported being bullied think that it will happen again.
While direct contact has decreased significantly this year, bullying has not. With the increasing advancement of technology, and many schools, such as our own, moving to a virtual environment, Cyberbullying has increased.
Cyber Bullying can range from teasing someone online, to posting mean or false things about that person.
Know the signs of cyber bullying:
- See if your child seems more withdrawn lately, or is not involved in social media as much as they once were.
- They suddenly don't want you to see what they are doing online.
- They seem nervous when receiving a text message or other notification.
What you can do:
- Start by talking to your child. You can open the conversation by describing a bullying incident that happened to you as a child, or an example of cyberbullying that you heard about on the news.
- Reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or principal. Every school should have anti-cyberbullying policies and protocols to help.
- Discuss ways your child can respond to the bullying. While we cannot always prevent bullying and the actions of others, we can control our reactions to it. Many bullies do not like someone who will stand up for themselves.