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Counseling Corner: Holiday Reflections


As we enter into the season of gratitude and giving, the St. Mary’s counseling team is reflecting on the lessons that this season can offer us. One reminder that this season brings is the power of gratitude as a practice. So, first and most importantly, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to you, for choosing to be a part of the St. Mary’s community. Thank you for allowing us the honor of working with your daughters.

Developing a practice around gratitude has proven to increase one’s mental and emotional health. Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence explains,  "gratitude is strongly linked to mental health and life satisfaction. Gratitude also reduces lifetime risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders, and it helps people entangled with those and other problems, to heal and find closure. Not only is gratitude a warm and uplifting way to feel, it benefits the body as well. People who experience gratitude cope better with stress, recover more quickly from illness, and enjoy more robust physical health, including lower blood pressure and better immune function.” With these benefits in mind, please consider spending a couple of minutes each day, with your daughter, to share three things that you are each grateful for. This simple practice can make an impact on her levels of stress and overwhelm. Additionally, even If only being a couple of minutes each day, sharing gratitude with one another is relationship building and can lead to a stronger bond between the two of you.

To close, our counseling team wanted to share with you some of the things we are grateful for:

Anne: I am grateful for the supportive environment at St. Mary’s. It is an honor to watch our students grow into amazing adults. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the St. Mary’s community.

Heather: I am grateful for my family and friends. I’m so thankful for the connection that I have with them and for the ways that they support me. I am grateful for my job here and that I get to be surrounded by wonderful people and such a strong community.

Lexi: I am grateful for my support system that has been with me through all of life’s moments, both big and small. I am really grateful for all the different opportunities that I’ve had in life. These have led to so many wonderful experiences.

Robin: Especially during this time of year, I am so grateful to have a cozy home to live in and a warm bed to sleep in. I am also grateful for my community of friends and family, and for all the ways they bring joy to my life.