Hello families, how are you? No really, how are you? Could you name the emotion most present for you right now? In this week’s all-staff meeting, each of us took a moment to notice, label, and plot the emotion most present for us. When we connect with students during class and individual meetings, we also take time to share our emotions. Here’s what we’ve noticed - our emotions are all over the place. And you know what? That’s okay. I’m guessing your families are experiencing a wide range of emotions as well. Making space for and allowing this range of emotions - unpleasant as well as pleasant - might feel overwhelming at times. Also totally normal.
As each of our families explore new working, learning, parenting, playing, physical distancing roles in our homes, you might feel like the ground continues to shift beneath you, day to day, moment to moment. Shifting reality + uncertainty = a wide range of emotions.
This is how it feels to be human, and you are not alone. Today we share with you a practice we turn to again and again to feel more grounded, more settled. Dr. Kristin Neff’s three-part Self-Compassion Break is a helpful way to respond to the uncertainty of our current situation.
Here are some questions to consider as you continue to check-in with how you feel about the changes.
- Are you feeling anxious, confused, uneasy? Can you feel it in your body? If so, where?
- Is your mind preoccupied with news around the virus? If so, where are your thoughts?
- Can you bring an element of understanding to how you think or feel in response to this pandemic in a kind and supportive way? For example, “Yes, this is challenging and stressful. Can I offer myself a little grace around my thoughts and emotions, knowing this is impacting others in a similar way?”
As we continue to navigate these unchartered waters, day by day, minute by minute, we encourage you to continue to invite family members to notice how they’re feeling and check in with the Mood Meter. Building the language of emotion and normalizing a range of emotion might just be one of the silver linings to emerge from our current situation.
Upcoming Virtual Parent Meeting
How Are You Feeling?
Using the Mood Meter to Recognize and Understand our Emotions
Tuesday, April 7
The counseling department would like to discuss the emotional impact of COVID-19 on our family members, parenting styles, and our professional work. We will reintroduce the Mood Meter and how to use this tool to recognize and understand our emotions. Please join us for a 45-minute live Zoom webinar. Please complete this brief RSVP by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 6. We will email the Zoom link and Zoom instruction video to those parents who RSVP to attend.