WOW! Can’t believe that it’s the end of August already and that school has started and summer is over! It went by so fast! I want to focus on the teachers and students in this writing.

Teachers have had a great summer, relaxing and ridding themselves of stress, and within about a week, they are just as stressed as they were at the end of the school year. What’s up with that? Teachers have a very important job – educating our youth! What can we do to help them do this better? Help them to remain less stressed throughout the year! I would have said stress free, but let’s be honest, few of us are truly stress free. How do we reduce their stress, you ask? How about 1)volunteering in their classroom throughout the year, 2)bring them a special coffee in the morning or an iced tea or soda in the afternoon, 3)making sure that they take care of themselves by letting them know you care – just simply ask them how they are and really listen. Remember that teachers work long, thankless hours and they are actually the ones with our youth more hours of the day than their own parents – they deserve our praise and thanks!

Now, onto students…many students stress about the first day of school more than anything else in their young lives. Make this first semester less stressful by supporting them. Offer your help on a daily basis, you can’t do their homework, but you can proofread and make suggestions. Remember that you are proofing THEIR work and not trying to make this YOUR work – let them keep their identity, but help with grammar and thought flow. Another way is to make sure there is a good breakfast for them – my son didn’t eat breakfast until about 10 AM, so I would make sure he had a protein bar in his backpack to cover that time when his blood sugar dropped. Breakfast is important, but we don’t and can’t always eat it at the “breakfast time”. Remember that school is important, but so is socialization and fun! Allow your student time to laugh and enjoy the life they have – be it with family at the dinner table or spending time on the phone or computer conversing with friends. Open your home to other kids and encourage a healthy camaraderie amongst his friends and peers. Help to teach your student how to deal with stress – incorporate exercise, massage, or church into your child’s life to help them learn to relax and destress.

Now, go out there and help our teachers and students to live a less stressful life this year!

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Comment by Kathryn LaPointe, PhD, LPC on September 13, 2010 at 8:58pm
Thank you for the birthday wishes. I do want to comment on the needs of teachers and students. These times are very stressful and additional way to help is counseling and talk therapy. I would like to enocurage people to view counseling as success coaching, teaching and refining skills for problem solving, self esteem improvement and communication skills and stress management. Counseling also focuses on symptoms of some conditions also. Nutrition is also key to emotional and psychological wellness. When nourished properly with diet of food, touch, talk and prayer, mind body and spirit, we maximize our ability to manage life.
Comment by ✰ Rachelle Hademenos ✰ on September 4, 2010 at 8:44pm


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