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Counselors Corner

Emotional Regulation (ER) is the ability to manage one's emotions in a reasonable or socially acceptable way. These skills are often explicitly taught to children and then scaffolded as they progress through childhood. When these skills are being employed, one must resist impulses from the primitive parts of the brain, which can be extremely difficult because under heightened emotions, cognitive skills drop. As we know all too well, life with COVID-19 has increased the daily stressors that our children are facing.

Psychologists and other child experts reference the “pandemic wall” that many of our students nationwide have hit, now even more so as we cross the one-year anniversary mark of how the world changed overnight. The recent CNN piece, Why kids are hitting the pandemic wall, offers some suggestions to help adults frame for children and adolescents what it is they are feeling and why.

It will probably come as no surprise, but adult anxiety is on the rise as we all attempt to cope with so many things over which we have no control. Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger, the body's automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situation.

Links and Resources

Below are  links, shared by Key's Counselors, members of the Key community may find of interest.

We can link to anything here - while Wellness Wednesdays are geared for faculty/staff, might there be a reason to have them more publicly read?

We could create sections
Healthy Habits

Links to hotlines for suppport etc?

The Sky is the limit...