Garfinkle G.

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     I'm feeling really down lately and I don't want to do much. I don't even have any energy to watch cartoons and I used to LOVE watching cartoons. Is there anything I can do to start feeling better?  

Signed,

Garfinkle G.

Dear Garfinkle, 

     Sometimes when I'm feeling really down, I make myself go outside and do some kind of exercise or physical activity, even when I don't want to. I know that exercise helps my brain release chemicals that make me naturally feel good.

     This worksheet will help you name other feelings you might be having.

 

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     I'm having a really hard time getting out of bed in the morning...is there anything I can do to make this easier?

Signed,

Garfinkle G.

Dear Garfinkle,

     It might be helpful to set your alarm clock and put it farther away from your bed so you have to get up to turn it off. You should also figure out a routine in the morning that works for you. Something as easy as sitting up in bed, reading a book for a few minutes, and thinking about what you want to eat for breakfast. Here is a worksheet that might help you out with your morning routine.

 

Dear Dr. Woodchuck,

     I got out of bed this morning and walked to school. Mr. Wooley asked me how I was and I got really sad and wanted to go back home. I told Mr. Foozle I didn't feel well but he said I didn't look sick and that I needed to stay in class...I felt like crying all day. 

Signed,

Garfinkle G.

Dear Garfinkle,

     I'm sorry you felt sad all day. If you would like, I can speak with Mr. Foozle about times when you need to take a break from class and come visit my office. Or maybe lay down in Ms. Bougainvillea's office. People have a hard time seeing that feeling really sad can be just as difficult and maybe even more difficult than feeling sick.

 

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