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Stress Less Club

2020 -2021 - This club is still running via Zoom or Google Meet. Information will be communicated through PVTV and other announcements. If you don't hear anything, email the advisor with the information below.

Name of Club: Stress Less Club

Advisor(s): Mrs. Gittleman

Email: kgittelman@pvsd.org

    Date Starts: Early October

        Tuesday, October 6th 2020

    Date Ends: End of year

Time: 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Auditorium Stage or Google Meet

Grade Levels: 6th, 7th, 8th

Cost: None

Additional Information: Click link

Stress Less Club Flyer

This is Stress Less. It will help you calm down during stressful times and cope with feelings of being overwhelmed and other big feelings. It is a time to focus on yourself and spend some time learning about you, and taking care of yourself. Learning about what is going on within yourself, just as you are, in this moment. Prepare a space for yourself to be mindful, where you feel safe and ask others to not disturb you during this time. Make the space cozy and comfy. Use a blanket or yoga mat to be on. Use dim lighting if that helps. Make yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate, and have a journal ready. You can lie down or sit in a chair or sit crossed leg on the floor. Whichever you are most comfortable with. We will journal, practice mindfulness in several different ways, such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation, and journal afterward.    We will practice positive self talk, help support each other in coping with whatever is stressing you out.  



Stress Less Club Times and Links

Click here for our shared document with the information


Teens:

(11-18 yrs.) will be on: 10/6, 11/10, 12/8, from 6-7pm on this link:  Zoom Links Coming Soon


Adults:

will be on:  10/14 , 11/17, 12/1, from 7-8 pm on this link:  Zoom Links Coming Soon


Are you, or 

Is your student


STRESS LESS CLUB

is for THEM!!!


Bring a mat, blanket or towel.

We will provide the hot chocolate and tea.

Learn how to feel more relaxed and in control of

your racing mind and heart!


Relaxation Room

Join our relaxation room for relaxation recordings


About Stress Less Club


Stress management may be a valuable skill for adults, but for children and adolescents it may come down to survival. Research at Harvard University is among hundreds of studies citing the serious, permanent damage – as serious as changes to the brain’s architecture – caused by unbuffered exposure to extreme and/or prolonged stress in children.

Kathy Gittelman developed and piloted StressLess™ at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East in response to her students who reported anxiety and stress related to academic issues (tests, grades, getting called on in class, working in groups, etc.); friends, family or teacher issues; low self-confidence; and obsessive desire for perfection. Leveraging her graduate work in movement therapy and generally accepted verbal and nonverbal modalities, Kathy helps students learn positive coping strategies, and the discipline to use them in daily life.

Activities during the group session include deep breathing, mindfulness,  getting grounded and focused using movement and breath together. After gaining self-confidence and trust within the group, she leads discussions about commonly reported issues and lets students practice problem solving strategies in a safe, supportive environment.

“StressLess™ is appropriate and beneficial for any student, but my experience shows it can be life altering for those who are perfectionists, gifted, creative, artists and musicians, with high expectations of themselves,” Kathy said. “In virtually every instance, the skills learned and practiced in StressLess™ are elemental in helping build better students, better friends and better, kinder people.”