• Susan Winters-Griste

Thinking Powers and Stress

During these very unusual circumstances in our world it can help to take a step back and remember what strategies we have learned in our lives to assist us in stressful times. I hope that you find entry #38 from my book, Take Aways: A Little Book of Reflections, fitting and helpful.

THINKING POWERS and STRESS When I work with children, I often utilize the term “thinking powers” to refer to ideas and solutions

for particular situations the youngsters are struggling to handle. I give the child I am working with a small notebook and we mark down each “thinking power” that he or she will work on until our next meeting.


We share techniques like deep breaths to help ourselves calm down, butterfly hugs to comfort ourselves if nervous, and also happy thought practices, if we’re sad or angry.


As grown-ups, we acknowledge that stress, difficult emotions and challenging relationships are parts of life. Each of us may have our own message we use to reduce the effects of stress.


TAKE AWAY: What “thinking powers” do you use that help navigate stressful situations with more ease?
Also, in honoring St. Patrick’s Day, I offer you an Irish Blessing:

MAY GOD GIVE YOU....

For every storm a rainbow,

For every tear a smile,

For every care a promise and a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,

a faithful friend to share,

For every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.

Take-Away #38, from TAKE-AWAYS: A LITTLE BOOK OF REFLECTIONS

Available on Amazon at

http://a.co/d/b40EHYA

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