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The Importance of Using the Right Words

The Importance of Using the Right Words

How many times have you heard a friend at school or on social media talk about the “mental breakdown” they had last night over a project, or the “panic attack'' when they realized they didn’t submit an assignment, or how they were “really depressed” or “having really...

Think Positive, Be Positive

Think Positive, Be Positive

I am currently working as the school social worker for Indian River Charter High School. My job has changed recently due to no longer being on school campus. I am no longer able to meet face to face with students and provide support to those struggling with mental...

Building Calm, Giving Self-Compassion, and Staying Connected

Building Calm, Giving Self-Compassion, and Staying Connected

To keep out of the dark spaces of anxiety and depression I need these three things right now: calm spaces, self-compassion, and staying connected to family and friends Building Calm I need to build calm because my house is not set-up for remote work, crisis...

Take the Positivity Pledge

Take the Positivity Pledge

Over the course of the past few months we, the Board, Staff and volunteers at Erika’s Lighthouse, have joined in the collective shock, anxiety, stress, sense of loss and the range of other emotions we have all experienced through these uncertain times. We have...

Things I Never Thought I Would Say At Work

Things I Never Thought I Would Say At Work

  We are all operating differently these days. Not only are we trying to manage our own jobs remotely, many of us are also part-time (amatuer) teachers. I can’t wait to update my resume to include that new job title as well. My guess is nobody will ever say...

No Time Like The Present

No Time Like The Present

I have long struggled with learning to meditate. I struggle with the tasks of dismissing distractions, emptying my mind, focusing on my breath and remaining in the present. That being said, I regularly recommend mindfulness and meditation practices to friends and...

“It’s So Nice to See You!”

“It’s So Nice to See You!”

Therapy in a time of physical distance. As I wind down from another week of doing e-therapy, I am reminded of how happy and grateful I am to be doing this work.  Though the coronavirus pandemic has taken some of what was familiar for myself and the people I treat – a...

It Is Ok Just To Be Ok

It Is Ok Just To Be Ok

As a semi-retired teacher I wanted to share hope and reassurance because we are all in this situation together. We are all disappointed at what will not be; graduations, field trips, and proms, musical performances and all of the other special events that align with...

Into The Unknown

Into The Unknown

With Covid-19 uprooting our lives, there is an ongoing question that crosses every mind: so now what? What will happen to schools? What will happen to supplies? What will happen to relationships? What will we do with the next undisclosed amount of time? To each of...

Holding On To Hope

Holding On To Hope

Ok, so I am not going to lie, when I was first told I was going to be forced to stay home I thought, how bad can this be? I have everything I need right here-food, tv, computer, my family. I have this. It will be nice to slow down and have some time with my family. I...

A Teacher’s Honesty

A Teacher’s Honesty

As a teacher, do l always have to put on a brave face for my students? Can I let them know that I, too, am sad and worried? I am sad that I won’t be able to go on the end-of-the-year field trips and see them celebrate their “lasts” as 8th graders; and enjoy the last...

Homeschooling Humor – Week 2

Homeschooling Humor – Week 2

Owen University is now a college prep school! I think instead of watching Cheers to escape, I probably should be watching The Facts of Life for some pointers. I don’t know what the best age is for kids to be quarantined. I miss the days of structure and free time fun....

The Priceless Gift of Time

The Priceless Gift of Time

I wondered how long this would take to write. I wonder how long this will take to read. Will this article be worth your time? What if it takes me a week to write but three minutes for you to read. If you've gotten this far in and decided to stop reading right now I...

Staying Sane During A Corona-Tine

Staying Sane During A Corona-Tine

Wow. Just a few weeks ago, I sat in school. I went to my classes. I ate lunch. I talked to friends and teachers. Now, things have changed. As the COVID-19 epidemic has become the foremost international issue, schools have closed and immediate arrangements had to be...

The Shades of Loss

The Shades of Loss

Most high school and college seniors are experiencing the same phenomenon I am losing the “lasts” that come with seniority. Losing graduation ceremonies, prom, time with friends you won’t get to see without a campus or classroom bringing you together. The worst part...

Now I am a Teacher?

Now I am a Teacher?

Let me see if I’ve got this straight….now I’m my child’s parent AND their teacher? This is the question that millions of parents are asking themselves, and the world, right now. During a time when schools have been forced to close, when routines are turned upside...

Homeschooling Humor

Homeschooling Humor

Owen University is a small college in Mt. Prospect Illinois, 22 miles northwest of Chicago. It was founded by Linda Rush Hindmand. We love our students as if they were our own. We tailor each student’s curriculum and meals to however and wherever and whenever they...

Accomplishing Goals in a Time of Uncertainty

Accomplishing Goals in a Time of Uncertainty

These past few weeks have left many of us contemplating on the uncertainties within our lives. At the start of 2020 we may have set goals for ourselves to make this year the best year of our lives. We may have wanted to be the best athlete or learn a new skill....