Hello, wonderful parents and students!
As October graces us with its presence, we embark on a trans formative journey centered around the theme of Gratitude. This month, let's uncover the magic of gratitude and how it can uplift our spirits and nurture our mental well-being. This Month at the Outreach schools we experienced and expressed our gratitude by sharing a Thanksgiving dinner together and are participating in a gratitude scavenger hunt. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our community partners that help enhance and nurture our students.
There are many ways that we can support healthy and positive mental health for ourselves and for our students. Here are some ways to choose from. Take a look and find one that works for you, please share with others.
- 13 Most Popular Gratitude Exercises & Activities - Embrace mindfulness exercises that encourage gratitude and present moment awareness.
- 3 Ways to Practice Gratitude - Everyone can benefit from making an effort to practice gratitude every day.
For more resources, check out the Gratitude page on the NLPS website.
Reflecting on Last Month: Your Insights Matter!
In September, we dived into self-reflection and awareness. We'd love to hear your experiences: How did our previous mental health blog post influence your family? Share feedback and ideas that brought positive change.
Fostering Gratitude: Tips for Students
Students, embrace gratitude for a brighter school journey:
- Gratitude Journal: Get yourself a cool notebook and spend a few minutes each day jotting down things you're grateful for. It could be as simple as a sunny day, a delicious meal, or a good laugh with friends. Writing it down helps you remember and appreciate those moments even more.
- Thank-You Notes: Surprise someone with a handwritten thank-you note. It could be your best friend, a teacher, or even a family member. Let them know how grateful you are for their support, kindness, or the positive impact they've had on your life. It's a double dose of gratitude—making someone else's day and boosting your own mood!
- Gratitude Jar: Find a jar or a cute container and start collecting gratitude notes. Whenever something good happens, write it down on a colorful slip of paper and drop it into the jar. On days when you need a pick-me-up, grab a handful of those gratitude notes and read them aloud. It's like having a jar of happiness!
- Acts of Kindness: Spread the gratitude love by doing something kind for others. It could be as simple as holding the door open, offering a smile, or helping a classmate with their homework. Acts of kindness not only make others feel good, but they also fill your heart with gratitude and satisfaction.
Guess what? When you practice gratitude, it's contagious! Your positive vibes can inspire others to do the same. Imagine creating a gratitude ripple effect in your school, where everyone starts appreciating and uplifting each other. It's like a gratitude revolution! Life isn't always a walk in the park, and we face challenges along the way. But even during tough times, gratitude can be your secret weapon. When you shift your focus to what you're grateful for, it helps you find strength, resilience, and a new perspective. Remember, tough times don't last, but gratitude does!
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving opportunity with family and friends and great food.
Please watch out for the trick and treaters on Hallowe'en
Connect with Our Student Advocacy Counsellors: Here to Listen
Seeking guidance or want to discuss well-being? Our Student Advocacy Counsellors are here for you. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org at the Cold Lake Outreach or call 780-594-6885. Reach out with email@example.com at Lac La Biche(also at Journeys and Crossroads) Outreach or call 780-623-2658. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 780-826-3111. We enjoy connecting with our students and parents/guardians whether by phone or in person give us a call.
Let's continue our journey of growth and gratitude together.
Here's to a month of gratitude, blooming connections, and an uplifted sense of well-being. Let's cultivate an attitude of gratitude and spread positivity!