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Supporting Students with Albinism, Pre-Conference Event

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Personal habits that promote resilient thinking:

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Other activities that broaden sensory experience (e.g. yoga, breathing, audio-visual activities)
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Leisure activities
  • Surrounding yourself with a loving support system
  • Setting goals and following through
  • Practicing assertive communication and problem-solving skills
  • Maintaining a positive view of yourself and your abilities
  • Accepting those things that you cannot change

Other tips and strategies to minimize the impact of a negative experience:

  • Talk to a friend or family member – don’t be afraid to laugh or cry!
  • Choose your battles; know when to educate and when to walk away.
  • Convey confidence with your nonverbal communication.
  • Look out for your personal safety. If you can’t immediately leave a situation, distract yourself by reading a book or turning on your iPod.
  • Be ready with a come-back.
  • Let the bad stuff go. Recognize when you’re ruminating.
  • Be true to yourself.
  • Seek professional help if feelings of anxiety or depression interfere with your life.
  • Find a healthy outlet like playing music, drawing or jogging.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to learn self-defense strategies if it helps you to feel more confident.
  • Find a mentor to whom you can vent.
  • Use negative experiences to inspire acts of compassion and kindness to others. Break the cycle!
  • Don’t lose your cool.

Exercises to Evaluate the ABC’s of a Bad Day

  1. Diary of Significant Events
      1. What Preceded the Event? 
      2. What Happened? 
      3. What Was the Aftermath? 

    Affect (Emotions)BehaviorCognition (Thoughts)
  • Personal Affirmations
    • I’m a good person because:
    • I’m proud of myself because:
    • People like me because:
  • My “Elevator Story” about My Visual Impairment:

  • Come-Back Bank:
    They Say...You Say...