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How to Respond When Things Get HardJennifer Sullivan
This was a crazy year, and while your student (and you!) may be ready to leave it behind and never look back, it's important to take time to reflect on what it all meant.
In 2020, your student was faced with challenges they'd never before encountered. They experienced triumphs but also failures; loss and disappointment but also unexpected joys.
Before they dive into 2021, encourage your student to ask themselves...
Reflecting on how far they've come will help your student prepare for the journey ahead. They should pat themselves on the back because they adapted, grew — and made it through 2020!
Next, encourage them to take these insights and set intentions and goals for 2021. We don't know how the new year will unfold, needless to say, but that's okay! Adapting is a huge part of life, and they've done a great job so far.
Here's a list of...
These are big questions but they don't have to be scary. I took out a notebook and wrote a list of responses for each of them to help me evaluate my thoughts more easily and it was really helpful.
Even if you or your student don't end up sticking the paper on the fridge, try writing out answers to all of these questions; it may ease your mind and you'll be able to look back at them throughout the year.
To that end, I encourage you to check in with yourself and your goals and intentions once a month. It's easy to let this sort of thing get lost in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, but regular self-reflection really helps me stay grounded and on track with my goals!
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