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Elise Banks, School Counselor

What is the value of a long break for our kids?

As we head into the holiday break, I thought about how much our students need this time. From our 2 year old class learning routines to our 8th graders getting ready for high school, our students have worked very hard since school started in August. As much as the holidays afford us time away to celebrate with family and friends, there are also some incredible mental health benefits!

1.     Stress reduction – It makes sense that if you remove yourself from a stressor, your stress levels start to decrease. Our students have been faced with early arrivals, deadlines, exams, and lengthy projects. This brings about stress, exhaustion, and sometimes anxiety. Time away helps the mind re-focus allowing students to come back refreshed and present for the second half of the year. So in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, family events, and travel, make sure your child gets time to rest. Their brain needs it!

2.     Increase productivity – Breaks, whether short breaks while studying or long breaks for vacation, actually help increase productivity. We all know the feeling of checking things off our to-do list. It creates satisfaction and is a confidence boost proving how efficient we can be in our work. Our students get this same feeling when they work hard in their classes. However, productivity requires consistent focus. Breaks help your ability to focus, focus increases productivity, productivity results in exceling in your work!

3.     The “clean slate” effect – There is something very powerful about being given a clean slate in life. The ability to start over, make changes, and produce positive results. The idea of a new trimester can have this effect as students evaluate what they need to do continue or change to finish the year successfully. This holiday break also provides as a clean slate as we enter a new year. With 2020 just weeks away, use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about who they want to be in this new year. What kind of student? What kind of brother or sister? What kind of son or daughter? Although we are half-way through the school year, it is never too late to make positive change. Some call it new year resolutions, I call it making plans with your new clean slate!

As I count my blessings this holiday season, thank you for letting me serve the biggest blessings in your life…your children. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

God Bless,

Elise N. Banks, M.S., LPC
School Counselor


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