By Guest Blogger Thomas Curran, Team Lead Beyond the Classroom

Did you know there is a direct link between mental health and success in school?

This holiday season may be different than any we have ever encountered before and with that in mind, it is always good to pull from all of our strengths including kindness, love, and perspective.  As a student said recently, “I was feeling really lonely and I was scared to ask for help.  Then I talked with friends.  I talked with my family.  And you know what?  They were lonely too!”  Being the first to open up can cause anxiety, but it’s helpful to remember that you are also creating an opportunity for them to support you and ask for support in kind.  We’re in this together – show your family and friends you love them and create the space for them to love you in return. If Beyond the Classroom is available in your school and your student needs help, contact us today!

December is National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month, and while that is certainly a tall order in with the added stresses of Covid-19 and virtual learning, this general advice from Connie Harrison on how to Use Your Strengths to Navigate the Stressful Holiday Season is still timely and can help empower families to take steps to reduce stress. 

Speaking of Covid-19, be sure everyone in your household is joining the fight and taking time to best wash their hands!  After all, December 1-7 is National Handwashing Awareness Week!  Here is advice from the CDC on how to make handwashing a Family Activity.