When someone tells you to be strong, what do you think of?
Do you think of a strong body...exercising, eating healthy, drinking water, getting plenty of sleep?
Do you think of a strong mind...thinking positively, honoring your feelings, having confidence?
Do you think of a strong heart...being compassionate and kind, doing the things you love, standing up for what you believe in?
Being strong is all of these things, but most of all I think being strong is knowing yourself - body, mind and heart. And when you know yourself, you know your strengths, you know your limits. Part of being strong is knowing when to ask for help. It's good to recognize when things may be too big so you can ask for help from a family member, teacher, coach or someone you trust...someone you can draw strength from.
Introducing the Tree of Strength:
Trees draw strength from the sun, the land, the water - all things that help them grow and stand strong. Think of yourself as a tree - your body is the trunk encasing your heart and holding your head up, your legs are the roots, your arms are the branches reaching up.
What are the things you do to keep yourself strong? Is it doing yoga, playing sports, dancing, running, bike riding? Is it eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water? Is it getting enough sleep or taking time to just sit and relax? Is it doing things you love like writing, drawing, reading, being creative? Is it doing things that make you smile - being with friends, laughing, playing, singing, or just being silly? There are lots of ways to keep your body, mind, and heart strong! And often times it is the people in our lives who help keep us strong - mom, dad, grandparents, coaches, teachers, mentors. After all, we are all here to help each other!
Keep your tree handy. Hang it up! Often times we forget that we are capable of doing all sorts of things to stay strong or that we have so many people in our lives who are there for us. Knowing that you are never alone, no matter what happens in life, will always make your heart smile! :)
And by request...
The Alluem Tween "Be Strong" Playlist:
- Stand Together - Hayley Reardon
- This is Me - Demi Lovato
-Stand By Me - Majors & Minors
- Brave - Sara Bereilles
- Sunshine & City Lights - Greyson Chance
- Shooting Stars - Owl City
- Live Like a Warrior - Matisyahu
- Living in the Moment - Jason Mraz
- Better Together - Jack Johnson
-The Climb - Hannah Montana
- Tribe - Hayley Reardon