Self-Help and Education

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Parent/Student guide to the transition from high school to college to adulthood.

Recommended Websites

  • https://medium.com/national-center-for-institutional-diversity/young-gifted-risk-and-resilient-4bc84efca3c6

    Online Resources:

    • Equal Justice Initiative
    • The Equal Justice Initiative is committed toending mass incarceration and excessivepunishment in the United States, to challengingracial and economic injustice, and to protectingbasic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
    • It’s because you are white”This Psychology Today article, by MarianneCelano, PhD., ABPP, on behalf of the Atlanta Behavioral Health Advocates, explains why whitetherapists should talk to white clients aboutracism.
    • “Talking with children about racism, policebrutality, and protests”
    • This Aha! Parenting blog post discusses waysthat parents can speak with children in age-appropriate ways about issues of race andinjustice in the U.S

    Book Recommendations

    • Between the World and Me by TaNehisi-Coates
    • Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community ResponseGuide by the Southern Poverty Law Center(SPLC)
    • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by AudreLorde
    • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Ageof Colorblindedness by Michael Alexander
    • White Fragility: Why is it so Hard for WhitePeople to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    Asian American Psychological Association Resources

    • Free Mindfulness Resources to Find Calm and NourishResilience during the COVID Outbreak: MindfulWhether you're looking for live guided meditationsconnecting you to others, a quick practice to help youfind your ground, or a free course on how to meditate
    • Resilience in Challenging Times, A Care Package:Sounds trueDaily video sessions, webinars, live group meditations& meetups, and other free digital resources. Regularlyupdated with new offerings.
    • Live Online Practice Sessions: TricycleJoin teachers for a free series of live-streammeditations to help ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts. Tricycle has also created a series ofshort practices another relevant resources.
    • Transforming Obstacle into Opportunity: Tricycle/Andrew HolecekA special online workshop led by Andrew Holecek inresponse to the pandemic, by donation. This series onTransforming Obstacle into Opportunity will help youunderstand what's happening in the world and withinyourself.
    • Being Resilient During COVID: Dr. Rick HansonA short video message, guided practice, 45 minutepodcast episode, weekly live sessions, and otherresources. Dr. Hanson also offers a mediation and talksspecifically for and to healhcare professionals, whichyou can watch

    THE S.T.O.P PRACTICE FOR STRESS —FROM ELISHA GOLDSTEIN

    Creating space in the day to stop, come down fromthe worried mind, and get back into the presentmoment has been shown to be enormously helpful inmitigating the negative effects of our stress response.When we drop into the present, we’re more likely togain perspective and see that we have the power toregulate our response to pressure.

    • S = Stop - Stop what you’re doing right now, get in a comfortableposition, either seated or lying down.
    • T = Take - Take a few deep breaths. Maybe in through the noseinitially, and then out through the mouth. With eachexhalation allow your body to soften a bit more. Aslong as you’re here with the breath right now, allowyour body to settle into its natural rhythm ofbreathing. Breathe in and sense the breath coming in.Breath out and sense the breath going out. Allow yourbody to take the breath it needs in its natural rhythmof being alive
    • O = Observe - Begin to observe your body, noticing if there’s anytension or tightness anywhere, including the face. Ifyou do notice any of that just allow it to soften, or justmindfully adjust your body as it feels like it needs to.Be aware of how you’re feeling emotionally right now.If there’s a sense of calm or ease, maybe somerestlessness or irritation, or maybe even sadness. Or you could be feeling neutral. Whatever’s there, see ifyou can be aware of it and notice how it feelsphysically in the body. Continue to observe yourselfphysically and emotionally in this moment, just lettingthings be. Be aware of and observe your mind rightnow, noticing if it seems distracted or cluttered or if itseems like it’s settling into being here. Either way, it’sOK—the “o” of observe is just to allow us to be awareof our experience in the moment; physically,emotionally, and mentally. The moment we notice thatour mind is off is a moment we’re present. Settle in, beaware of the fullness of your experience physically,emotionally, and mentally, and just let be.
    • P= Proceed - Proceed is just dropping the question of: “What’s mostimportant for me to pay attention to right now?” or“What am I needing right now?” Allow whateveranswer is there to simply percolate and arise. Proceedwith that in this next moment. Always remember toacknowledge yourself for taking this time. This is agreat act of self-care; take the final moment toacknowledge yourself for taking this time

    MENTAL HEALTH COPING STRATEGIES

    • Limit your sourcesRely on only one or two reliable sources of news asmisinformation and bad reporting are rampant. TheCDC is a great resource for updates and precautions.You can also select a news medium that allows you toavoid potentially triggering content. For example,when reading from an article on your phone orcomputer, you can scroll past disturbing photos andquickly reach the information you are interested in.
    • Practice acceptanceAccept that the news coverage will not answer all yourquestions or address all your worries. Acceptuncertainty. Trust that officials around the globe andthe medical community are trying their best toaddress the situation.
    • Limit consumptionEstablish a reasonable rate of consumption, whichmay be checking for updates one or two times a day.Consume only what you need to know, what’s mostrelevant to you and particularly what is happening oranticipated in your own community.
    • Distinguish between global and localThe virus will not necessarily take the same course inthe U.S. as it has in other countries. It’s important tothink critically about the information provided and notjump to conclusions.
    • Ask someone for helpIf you feel you need separation from the news, have afriend or loved one filter the news for you, and giveyou updates based on a reasonable assessment ofwhat’s relevant to you. This will allow you to reducedirect news consumption.

 

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