Hey Seniors! Let’s make your Senior year an AMAZING one!

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Today we’re going to focus on realistic, healthy coping skills for you that can, and will, keep your stress levels at a minimum so you can thoroughly enjoy and have fun your senior year!!!



Healthy Coping Skill #1:  Journaling

  1. Journal Topic-How are you feeling about what you’re learning today???  What are some concerns you have about your senior year?

 Healthy Coping Skill #2: Make a Gratitude list!

Healthy Coping Skill #3-Effective Time Management

3. Article: Why Can’t I Stop Procrastinating? -What type of procrastinator are you?

4. Discussion: What type of procrastinator are you? Form a group of people with different procrastination styles, read the following article and answer the questions, then discuss in your groups.

5. Article: How Can I Get It All Done?-Time Management Strategies that work

  • Complete Questions, all but last question, individually

7. How to Deal-Berna shares how to effectively Manage Time and create To-Do Lists

5. Partner Share-Time Management Strategies (last question on handout)

6. Time management strategies That work for you-Large Group Share Out 

Healthy Coping Skill #4: Mindfulness and Meditation

7. Meditation-Watch TED Talk and Head Space Animation

  • Andy Puddicome TED Talk


8. Meditation time!HEADSPACE

9. Benefits of Meditation

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Healthy Coping Skill #5: Talk it Out

10. Reaching out to others-find a partner

    • What are you most nervous or apprehensive this year?
    • Are you and your parents seeing eye to eye for your plan after high school
    • Is there anything you don’t have time for that you would like to do?
    • What can you take off your plate so you can find time to do this?
    • What are you most excited about for senior year???


Additional Resources

The 33 Best Online Resources for Teen Health

20 Things NOT to worry about before you turn 20

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Incredibly Happy

The Power of Mindful Meditation

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Meditation, a practice that calms, reduces not so great stress and anxiety plus a handful of other health benefits, is a fad that has caught fire around world in the last couple years.  Although it may have started as a fad, I truly think meditation and the practice of teaching people how to be more mindful of themselves and their thoughts and emotions is fad that’s here to stay.  Especially as more and more kids are practicing meditation in schools who have implemented a meditation/mindfulness program into their daily school day.

In our health classes, we use meditation to start off our classes, every other class.  But our hope is that students will take what they learn from meditation and use it as a preventative outlet to reduce stress and anxiety at home. Of course we are also in hopes that our school will implement a meditation program school wide.

Some students are very lost when it comes to meditation so for the first half of the semester we use a guided meditation program called Smiling Mind out of Australia.  This gives students to learn how to meditate and understand that it may be difficult at first to sit for 6 min and just do NOTHING, but by the end of the semester, they’re asking for more time to meditate.

Prior to starting the program we want our students to understand all the health benefits they get from meditation.  The following video clips and articles are ones that we share with our students so they have a better understanding of WHY we take time to meditate in Health Class.  In the end, all the kids LOVE it!  And so does the teacher:)

Andy Puddicome TED Talk

Results of Quiet Time Program in Visitation Valley, San Francisco


From the Atlantic: Should Schools Teach Kids to Meditate?

From Time Magazine:  The Mindful Revolution

From LA times: Mindful Meditation at School Gives Kids tools for Emotional Expression

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Benefits of Meditation