Monthly Newsletter | November 2020

Your #HealthyMinds Update
This month, we invite you to open your minds and hearts to some emotional healing.

Emotional fatigue is wearing on many of us all across our country, between a fraught election season, an ongoing pandemic, and rising mental health concerns. Take some time this month to think of things you're grateful for, big or small. Practicing gratitude is a helpful way to reframe negative thoughts into more positive ones, to build resilience, and to strengthen well-being. And did you know? November is National Gratitude Month! What better time to start making gratitude a daily habit?

As we head toward the holiday season, remember to take a deep breath and prioritize your mental health. Here are a few suggestions for you and the young people in your life:

  1. Take breaks from the news. It's okay to unplug from the media when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
  2. Establish a daily schedule. Having structure in your routine can reduce anxiety, but give yourself permission to change plans, when needed.
  3. Set aside time to practice self-care. Whether it's taking a walk, meditating, or reading a book, find what works for you and put it in your calendar!
  4. Spend screen time together. Find a good show or movie to watch with your family, and talk with them about what you're seeing.
  5. Be patient with yourself and others. Remind the young people in your life that it's okay to make mistakes, and help them remember that we are all doing the best we can.

See below for the Clay Center's latest updates, and visit us online for more resources!
How Do We Heal From Here? – Shrinking It Down
Our bodies begin healing when injured, and our minds should be no different. How can parents and young people start the process of emotional healing amid this challenging time? Tune in to our podcast for more.
Supporting Your Family's Emotional Health
During COVID-19 Lockdown
Many families are experiencing anxiety and uncertainty during this pandemic. Read more from experts at the Clay Center and Massachusetts General Hospital about how to support your family’s mental health.
Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ADHD
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be used to treat a range of mental health disorders. Read more on our blog to learn how CBT can help kids manage the symptoms of ADHD.
Are you concerned about your child or grandchild's emotional health as this pandemic continues? Then join Dr. Gene Beresin and Massachusetts General Hospital on Nov. 17 at 4pm ET for a special, live Q+A event:

Coping During a Pandemic: Tools for Promotion of Mental Health for Your Children and Grandchildren

Free to attend! RSVP today: bitly.com/MGH-NOV17
News + Events

It's natural for kids to struggle with their emotions during times of uncertainty. Read more for insights from Dr. Gene Beresin on how to help kids at different developmental stages process and manage their emotions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Upside of Feeling Down (Choices Magazine)

Many young people are experiencing negative emotions during this pandemic. Read more for guidance from Dr. Gene Beresin on how you can help the young people in your life build resilience and find creative ways to meet their challenges.

How can we support kids and teens as they navigate school, play, and relationships during this pandemic? Dr. Gene Beresin shares tips on how parents and caregivers can help young people cope while taking care of their own mental health. Tune in to learn more.
Monthly Mindfulness:
Teaching Mindfulness to Teenagers: 5 Ways to Get Started
from HuffPost

Practicing mindfulness can help teens manage their emotions and make better decisions. Read more for 5 ways to introduce the concept of mindfulness to the young people in your life.
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Thanks for all you do to support the young, healthy minds in your life!