Many people eagerly anticipate summer break. For most, it is an opportunity to slow down and relax their routine. For others though, times of transition and change can feel overwhelming. Without the daily structure and connection to peers, summer break can be a stressful time. Thankfully, a little planning can help ease the transition to summer.
In today’s Wellness Wednesday, we share some tips and resources to prepare for summer break.
As a class, group, or family:
· Brainstorm some ideas and answers to any or all of these questions:
o What are you looking forward to this summer?
o What is one thing you can do every day by yourself to add some fun?
o What is one thing you can do every day as a family to add some fun?
o What is a healthy activity you can include in your day?
o What will you do when you get bored?
· For more conversation starters and tips/strategies to help prepare for the transition to summer, check out the resources on our LDCSB Summer Supports page (www.ldcsb.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1076472&type=d&pREC_ID=1380533).
Ask yourself, there is no wrong answer:
How am I feeling about the summer break?
What can I do to calmly and confidently support the young people in my life during the summer?
What can I do to support myself?
Connecting to our faith:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Times of change and transition can feel uncertain and sometimes overwhelming. Remembering that God is a constant in our life can ease our worried hearts and minds. As we look around us, we see the ways that God works in our world and how His light shines in our lives. God’s love is always present. He is with us and will guide us every step of the way.
“Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
· WEBSITE: LDCSB Summer Supports www.ldcsb.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1076472&type=d&pREC_ID=1380533
· WEBSITE: LDCSB Mental Health and Well-Being Resources www.ldcsb.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1076472&type=d&pREC_ID=1370029
· BLOG: “5 everyday tips for a mentally healthy summer break” https://smho-smso.ca/blog/5-everyday-tips-for-a-mentally-healthy-summer-break/
· ARTICLE: “Strategies for a Successful Summer Break” https://childmind.org/article/strategies-for-a-successful-summer-break/