Nov 02, 2020
Posted By Heimlich Heroes
Lines from a song written in 1944, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, ring true in today’s world. Not familiar with this tune? Here’s more:
This current series of Heimlich Heroes™ blogs may seem like a complete departure. But our organization is not only committed to the life-saving training on how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver®. We also support those we typically work with, namely: teachers, school nurses and administrators, parents, families, and many others.
Stay Healthy. Step by Step
Perhaps the most important step in staying positive is staying healthy. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and as the pandemic and other pandemonium drags on, it’s tempting to let down your guard. But you already know how critical it is to teach your children and reinforce preventive steps—every single day.
A couple of great resources to get your creative juices going are https://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy/ and https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/best-indoor-kid-crafts-activities.html
Turn the Beat of Negativity Around
In times of stress and/or crisis, children can become needier and more demanding. Navigating the 2020-21 school year—particularly through virtual learning—may take a heavy toll on the mental health of both students and parents. Parents may recognize signs of kids’ anxiety or stress through behavior changes. Teachers will be on “high alert” (even through Zoom learning) for similar signs: a student repeatedly asking the same questions, increased fidgeting, etc.
How can we encourage positivity? Just remember there’s a LOT going on, and everyone is doing their best. If you’re not familiar with the concept of thought placement, make a conscious effort to replace negative thinking or guilt with self-compassion and positive thinking. One practical idea is to keep a big jar or clear vase on the coffee table, or somewhere visible. and a stack of note cards beside it. Call it the JOY JAR.
Each night take time to write down one thing you were thankful for or that brought you joy that day. It might be as simple as:
Encourage other family members to do the same. At the end of the week or month (or as needed), take an evening to read them over and share with the family what you have been thankful for that period of time. Put the cards in a gift bag with your names on them and add to it each month. It’s a great way to remind ourselves of all the blessings we truly have, even during hard and strange times.
We can be surrounded by all that’s not going well and things to worry about. Be aware of what you’re focusing on. Take time to reflect on those things going well in your life and talk about them. In short, accentuate the positive!
Here is a treat for you, hope you enjoy!