How the weather can change our mood. On Tuesday morning the sun was shining and the wind light. The children smiled as they were dropped off by parents who waved. The children played happily on the yard with each other. This morning I work from home with the rain falling, a cold breeze blowing and it is harder to find that joy I experienced as part of the community on Tuesday.
I find it important to check in with myself to find out why I am feeling happy or down. To acknowledge those things that cause me to feel worried, anxious or just flat. Once I can see what is affecting me I have more power over it and can direct my behaviour accordingly.
I encourage all of you to see remote learning in the same way. If you are finding a day particularly challenging, your child struggling with tasks you know they can do just give yourself a break. Email the class teacher and let them know that for today you are spending time as a family; playing some games, reading some stories, doing some cooking or artwork. This is important time with children. They begin to shape their understanding of the world from the way we manage it.
Be kind to yourselves, know that this time too shall pass and we will soon be in a situation where it is hard to remember this difficult time.
Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful week.
There are two vacancies on the SAC for Parish representatives. Fr Denis will endorse nominees.
During this challenging period of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the lockdown restrictions we are now encountering, the children in our care, as well as the adults in our families are all in need of more support with wellbeing.
The Smiling Minds app has been developed here in Australia to provide a practical, easy to access way to maintain good physical and mental health through mindfulness and meditation.
“Managing our emotions and supporting each other can be challenging at the best of times. This is why, more than ever, we all need to be doing our best to regularly pause, take a breath and be proactive in looking after ourselves and others.
We know that this isn’t always easy, and we want to support you. In this resource, you will find different practical things you can do to take care of your own wellbeing as well as supporting the children in your life, your colleagues, loved-ones and friends.
This resource takes an evidence-based approach to providing you with practical tools and techniques to help you manage uncertainty, reduce anxiety and stay connected and grounded.”
A link to Smiling Minds to find out more : https://www.smilingmind.com.au/thrive-inside