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Sunday Prep Check-in (for students and educators)

Sunday Prep Check-in

Many of us start to feel anxious halfway through the day on Sunday, anticipating the beginning of another work or school week. This is a downloadable worksheet I created to help focus attention and plan for the week. Often, the simple act of writing down all the things we need to do has the effect of diminishing the looming sense of overwhelm we can feel.

Additionally, writing down reminders to play and relax every single day can help us develop the belief that these are things that are just as important as the “work” we have to do in any given week (whether that work is paid, graded, or simply devoured at the family dinner table). Simple reminders like this are powerful over time, and the questions at the bottom of the weekly table help us frame our response to the anxiety we might feel and plan for how to manage unexpected things that come up.

If you use this tool, I’d love to know if you find it helpful.

Tackling Tough Situations

We all bump up against situations that we find challenging to handle in our lives, but if we’re busy going in many different directions with competing priorities, it can sometimes be hard to slow down and process them without simply reacting in anger or frustration. Other times, we are tempted to shove those feelings aside and try not to think about it, but if it is something that is really bugging us, generally those issues will come back until we deal with them.  I’ve created a quick worksheet for kids to complete when they have a few minutes that can help them put their frustrations into context and alleviate some of the struggle. Click on the link below to access it.

Tackling Tough Situations

The first two boxes are a place to state what’s going on and are designed to bring some self-awareness to the issue by identifying the emotion behind the challenge. Then, as you move through the flow chart, you can make some choices about how to deal with the situation which gives you a sense of control and reminds you that you are in charge of how you respond to things that aren’t going the way you wanted them to. In the end, the user makes a conscious effort to either accept what has happened and move on or get help changing the situation for the better. I’d love to know when people use this tool and get feedback on how it works for them. Please comment if you want to!

I'm happy to share this flowchart widely. Please remember that was created by and for The SELF Project and, as such, it is copyrighted and should be given credit for its creation.