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#BRAVEminds – Surviving Winter Break

Winter break is a time for much needed rest, relaxation, and quality time with family. It can also be a challenging time for children and teens who are not used to the unstructured freedom this break from school provides. During the holiday season and winter months, many people feel lonely, stressed, sad, or overwhelmed.

#BRAVEminds can try some of these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to keep their brains healthy during this winter season.

Do something good for others. Share your time and talents with others. Research shows that individuals who are altruistic have decreased feelings of hopelessness, stress, and depression. They also have improved physical and brain health.

Stick to routines. When possible, stick to your child’s sleep and mealtime schedules.

Practice mindfulness. Balance out the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Focus on one thing at a time. Stop and pay attention to one thing that is happening, notice how you are feeling, and be curious about the experience rather than judgmental.

Take care of yourself. Children and adolescents are affected by the brain health of their parents or caregivers. You are the role model for self-care for your child. Take time for yourself during this busy season.

Still feeling stressed?

Many children and adults experience a sense of loss, hopelessness, or isolation during this season. Be aware and sensitive to these feelings and ask for help for yourself or loved ones if needed.
 
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Erica Leppert
Director of Pupil Services