Cultivate… COPING by using gratitude to overcome the hard times!

On our fifth day of gratitude week, we will talk about how gratitude can help us cope and heal from our past difficult experiences. Gratitude gives us the power to cope with crisis and make us more resilient to stress. According to Robert Emmons, remembering our difficult past experiences and thinking about where we are…

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Cultivate…COPING by giving children a chance for change

It is not uncommon for children to experience anxiety when change occurs. From transitioning grades to families moving into an entirely new school district, changes for some students could potentially result in difficulties in academics, social and emotional problems, and increased rates of dropouts. However, these changes are provide children with the chance to learn…

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Cultivate…COPING in non-addictive ways of handling anger

Addictive coping mechanisms? That’s right! Much like behavioral scientists understand alcohol and substance abuse as an addiction to a method of coping, they understand a range of other behaviors as addictive as well. This includes gambling, hoarding, and sex addiction. More recently, scientists are viewing anger through the lens of addiction theory as well. Ever…

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Cultivate…COPING by validating the “feeling” but not necessarily the “coping mechanism”

Feelings are a normal part of the human experience, but often we shame children for certain feelings. Or we send the message that they should be able to “control” their feelings. Some research suggests that this can actually produce anxiety in children, who feel they must be in control of all of their emotions. Instead,…

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