lue Valley Northwest: To kick off the school year, the REbeL members at BVNW handed out compliment cookies and held a “Balloon Pop” contest. Students tried to pop balloons, and after doing so, found a surprise affirmation inside. We hope you’ve read the rest of this newsletter to learn why affirmations and positive thinking should be an important part of what you learn this year!
BVNW Activities Carnival
Blue Valley High: The BVH REbeL members are already busy working on upcoming projects! Being a part of the Homecoming Parade will be first on the list as a way to help spread the positive message of REbeL. After that, we will be busy baking in preparation for giving out Compliment Cookies at a home football game. Our bulletin board is looking GREAT, with pictures and messages about being beYOUtiful on it, as well as messages from REbeL on the walls around school. We have SO much planned for this year but some of it is still a secret so we can’t tell!
Congratulations to the young ladies chosen to our Leadership Team: Kate Wells, Nimisha Halder, Oksana Spindler, Madison Morill, Maddie Jewett, Anna Wonderlich, Taylor Yeazel, and Jennifer Schweiger.
Bulletin board at BV High
As school starts and you are learning, studying, and thinking much more, it’s important to consider whether your thoughts are primarily positive or negative in nature. Do you mentally criticize yourself? Do you put yourself down for your performance in the classroom or in sports? Do you regularly find flaws with your appearance and “hate on” your body? If so, we challenge you to try engaging in positive, affirmative thinking instead.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you have a “Pollyanna-ish” view of the world or that you ignore the unpleasant parts of life. It simply means that you approach life, pleasant or unpleasant, in a positive and productive way. Positive thinkers are problem solvers who try to improve situations, or if a situation cannot be improved, then they accept reality and move on.
Positive thinking has been connected to the following health benefits:
On the flip side, what benefits do you receive from thinking negatively about yourself and your world? Consider the ways in which your thinking style is or is not working for you.
From the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (2011).
If you do engage in frequent negative self-talk and critical thinking, you can develop a more positive mental mindset. Just like any new new skill, it will take practice to make this work (but it’s worth it!). Here are some suggestions to try:
If you need suggestions for affirmations to use, you can find many examples on the Internet (and we’ve included a few in this newsletter). Here are two sites to try: