• VDL Virtual Calming Room

    No matter what you are going through, what is happening in the world, or what life is throwing your way, your feelings are valid and may be difficult to process or understand.

    You might feel scared, confused, overwhelmed, angry, alone, grateful, or completely calm. Your feelings are normal; but often the situation we find ourselves in is not. 

    Don't forget to breathe. Know your worth and take time for YOU!

    Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that you and your needs are important too.

    We invite you to explore and utilize these tools, and if you need additional support, let us know:

    Brianne.Foster@lcps.org, Virtual Distance Learning School Counselor (grades 6-11)

    Cynthia.Fillman@lcps.org, Director of School Counseling, Virtual Loudoun (grade 12)






  • Mindfulness

    Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.

    8 Things to Know About Mindfulness:

    1. Mindfulness is not obscure or exotic. It’s familiar to us because it’s what we already do, how we already are. It takes many shapes and goes by many names.

    2. Mindfulness is not a special added thing we do. We already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and neighbors, the people we work with, and the institutions and organizations we take part in

    3. You don’t need to change. Solutions that ask us to change who we are or become something we’re not have failed us over and over again. Mindfulness recognizes and cultivates the best of who we are as human beings.

    4. Mindfulness has the potential to become a transformative social phenomenon. Here’s why:

    5. Anyone can do it. Mindfulness practice cultivates universal human qualities and does not require anyone to change their beliefs. Everyone can benefit and it’s easy to learn.

    6. It’s a way of living. Mindfulness is more than just a practice. It brings awareness and caring into everything we do—and it cuts down needless stress. Even a little makes our lives better.

    7. It’s evidence-based. We don’t have to take mindfulness on faith. Both science and experience demonstrate its positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.

    8. It sparks innovation. As we deal with our world’s increasing complexity and uncertainty, mindfulness can lead us to effective, resilient, low-cost responses to seemingly intransigent problems.

     

    5 Minute Quick Anxiety Reduction

    5 Minute Mindful Breathing

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