August Update

My summer travels included visiting the Yaquina  Bay Lighthouse

My summer travels included visiting the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

Summer is coming to a close, school preparation is starting and fall is just around the corner. I have been busy this month with several new YouTube videos covering PTSD, Epilepsy, creating boundaries, recovering after surgery, body image, and grief and loss. Four of these topics were suggested by Ignite’s Facebook contacts, I welcome other topic suggestions as well! I am accepting new clients right now so please feel free to send my information along to friends or family if you feel they would benefit from counseling or life coaching. Clients include adolescents, adults, couples, and families who might be experiencing depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem and confidence issues, divorce, job loss, or help with reaching certain life goals.

I hope you have had a safe and happy summer and look forward to providing you with more content in the months to come!

Take Care,
Jasmine

Dealing with Stress & Anxiety at the Start of the School Year

The school season has started for many and the stress and anxiety about the school year starts early.  There are the pressures of school demands, expectations of the year to come, the demands of social connections, not to mention school sports, expenses, extracurricular activities, starting a new school, and the physical and emotional changes that are likely occurring for a student.

Some amount of stress is good, it can keep a person motivated, organized, and keep the brain functioning.  However too much stress can interfere with development because a person can become immobilized when they feel overwhelmed.

Tips on preventing stress include spending time with your school aged children, providing a stable home environment in terms of rules at home, eating habits, routines, avoid over scheduling, schedule family time, and trying to understand behavior communicating with your student.  Routines help alleviate stress as well as teach kids to learn to develop routines for themselves.  Family meetings can be helpful by providing a way to regroup and talk about what is going on, as well as what isn’t working too well and reviewing schedules and expectations together.

Signs of stress can include:

  • Fears and nightmares
  • Negativism and lying
  • Withdrawal, regressive behaviors, or excessive shyness

Quick tips on managing anxiety and stress

  • Take a time out; schedule quiet time
  • Eating well-balanced meals & decrease sugar
  • Avoid excessive caffeine intake, illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
  • Get enough sleep
  • Accept you cannot control everything
  • Welcome humor
  • A positive attitude
  • Talk to your supports
  • Exercise
  • Respect personal space

I hope the school year has started smoothly for you, let me know if you would like me to meet with your student if they are struggling in school so we can get them back on track.

Top 10 Tuesdays: The Girl Effect

The Girl Effect campaign has a powerful message.

Top 10 Reasons to consider this social cause (statistics gathered from campaign):

1. The total global population of girls ages 10 to 24 — already the largest in history — is expected to peak in the next decade.

2. Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls.

3. Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher
levels of schooling among mothers.

4. An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.

5. Medical complications from pregnancy are the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide. Compared with women ages 20 to 24, girls ages 10 to 14 are five times more likely to die from childbirth, and girls 15 to 19 are up to twice as likely, worldwide.

6. A survey in India found that girls who married before age 18 were twice as likely to report being beaten, slapped, or
threatened by their husbands as were girls who married later.

7. 75 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds living with HIV in Africa are female, up from 62 percent in 2001.

8. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40
percent for a man.

9.We deserve a chance.

10. You have a daughter. Or a niece. Sister.