Take Care Tuesdays: Mental Health Matters at SCH

OurTake Care Tuesday Newsletter goes out the first Tuesday of each month and is written by our Middle and Upper School psychologists to our Middle and Upper School student bodies to use as resources for mental health awareness and student support.

 

 

11/01/11
Dear students,

The benefits of the practice of gratitude are endless. According to Harvard Health,  “Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” 

gratitude prompts for Take Care Tuesdays

Here are several options to cultivate a practice of gratitude on a regular basis:

  • Write a thank you note

  • Keep a gratitude journal

  • Meditate and focus on the gifts of the present moment

  • Share your gratitude by saying thank you or smiling at another person

  • Use gratitude reminders (a post-it or calendar reminder to practice I am grateful for…)

  • Give yourself grace. Adding a new daily habit takes time and it’s ok to miss a day!

As always, reach out to your advisor, dean, or school psychologist and counselor if you want additional guidance in making gratitude a regular practice.

Take good care,
Dr. T and Ms. Frye


10/03/22
Dear students,

Social Media is a tremendous vehicle to foster community, belonging, and connection. Yet, social media may also be a detriment to mental health when we use it as a barometer for popularity or compare ourselves to the perfect images on the screen. Based on this article, we know that heavy usage of social media can change how we think and feel. Think about what stands out to you when you think of your time on social media. 

Ask yourself: 
How does your time on social media impact your well-being? 
What can you do to set a boundary and protect your mental and emotional health? 

Be intentional about your usage, take a break for a “social media cleanse”, and turn off notifications so you choose when you go online. If you’re having a tough time navigating using social media don’t hesitate to reach out to your school psychologist or counselor on how to make healthier choices when it comes to social media.

Take Care Tuesdays Social Media wellbeing

Take good care,
Dr. Tecosky & Ms. Frye, SCH Psychologists


9/13/22
Dear students, 

Welcome back to the 22-23 school year! For our inaugural Take Care Tuesday Newsletter, we would like to encourage you to practice self-compassion and kindness. The start of this school year may feel different than in previous years. Some may be feeling excitement and others may approach more cautiously. Both feelings are valid and we encourage you to practice some of the skills shared in this handout such as using positive self-talk and forgiving, loving, and embracing your individuality. Additionally, feel free to try this Self Compassion Exercises by Kristin Neff. 

Here’s to a year of growth and lessons learned!

Take good care,
Dr. Tecosky & Ms. Frye, SCH Psychologists

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