One of Australia’s leading psychologists presented a webinar today run by Heckle’s school. He talked about student stress and mental health, particularly the extra issues covid has brought on our kids. It was quite an interesting workshop, and I definitely got some great tips.
There was one thing he said, though, that particularly resonated. He told us his favourite saying. Now, I have no idea of the origin of this, because I have never heard it before, but I thought it was great and worth sharing:
If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
In other words, by looking at the issue differently, you might find it isn’t as big a problem as you first thought it was.
He went on to say a really great trick to help kids (and adults too, I reckon) cope better is to draw a circle on a piece of paper. Inside, write down everything you can control, and outside everything you can’t control (like the image below). The things you can’t control you need to let go of. Then you’ll have the emotional capacity to work on the things you can control.
Have you ever heard of these approaches before? Good advice?