Whitney High School

Counseling Department
 
The WHS School counselors are available for parent conferences and referral resources as needed or upon request. Crisis intervention counseling, drug and alcohol abuse prevention information, education, and referrals are always available. Students in need of assistance should make an appointment with their counselor.
 
 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
 800-273-TALK (8255)
 National Runaway Safeline
 800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
 National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
 866-331-9474
 National Teenline
 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336)
 
How You Can Practice Self-Care

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When life gets stressful and overwhelming, it's important to give your mind and body the breaks that they need! Here are some tips to incorporate self-care into your busy routine. 
 
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  1. Identify what activities help you feel your best. Self-care for one person will mean something completely different for someone else. One person may need more alone time, for example, while another may nurture herself by spending more time out with friends. 
  2. Put it on your calendar - in ink! Take a close look at your calendar and carve out one or two hours for self-care and stick to it. This may take extra prep, but it's worth it. 
  3. Sneak in self-care where you can. If you don't have huge chunks of time, you can still fit in little moments of relaxation. Don't wait to add self-care to your life until your schedule frees up (you might be waiting a while to forever). Try taking just five minutes to close your eyes and take some deep breaths, or go for a quick 10-minute walk. These small steps can make a big difference. 
  4. Take care of yourself physically. This means getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and exercising. When you take care of yourself physically, you will reap the benefits academically, emotionally, psychologically and inter-personally.
  5. Know when to say no. Your health and well-being come first. If you're feeling stretched thin, prioritize your commitments and cut out what isn't fulfilling and truly important to you. 
  6. Check in with yourself regularly. Ask yourself these critical questions: "Am I working too much?" "Do I feel tapped out?" "What do I need to take away?" "What would I like to add?"
  7. Surround yourself with great people. Make sure that the people in your life are upbeat, positive, and know how to enjoy life! 
  8. Consider the quality of self-care. Go for quality, especially when quantity is lacking. For instance, rather than getting sucked into channel surfing for hours, watch only shows you've recorded that you truly enjoy. 
  9. Remember that self-care is non-negotiable. In order to live a healthy and rewarding life, self-care is a necessity. With this mindset, prioritizing self-care can become very natural and easy to do. 
 
High School Students and Sleep

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What happens when students aren't getting the sleep they need? Lack of consistent, appropriate sleep leads to increased academic stress, hindered concentration and learning, and disturbances to your students' mood and ability to cope.
 
 
What can parents do?
  • Have a lights out policy
  • Take away computers, video games, cell phones, etc.
  • Help your child establish a regular sleep & wake cycle (Students need 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night)
  • Have students keep a regular study cycle (no late night cramming sessions)
  • Eliminate caffeine 3 to 5 hours before bed (soda, tea, coffee)
How Can Parents Help their Students Succeed?

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E.M.P.O.W.E.R. them! 
 
Establish expectations
Monitor how they spend their time
Promote balance and core values
Offer support
Widen horizons
Encourage exploration
Resist the urge to "clip their wings" (reinforce responsibility & independence)