July 3, 2o13
Can you believe that it is actually summer holidays? Well it is for many students anyway. You may have started your break in June or you might be studying all summer long, but a lot of students are now enjoying a break from school.
Here are some strategies for the summer holidays that can help you be an even better anti-bullying advocate. After all, everyone who is compassionate about something needs a change of pace once in a while.
1/ RELAX – Just take the time to do what you like to do. If you have a job, let it take your mind off school but if you are on holidays, fill your time doing what you enjoy.
2/ READ – If you like to read, make sure you pick up some interesting titles at the library and let yourself sink into the books you’ve chosen.
3/ WRITE – Here’s your chance to write just for you. Short, long, simple, complex, it’s your choice. You’re not writing to be evaluated, just for your own pleasure. Shred it after if you want, or put it up in your room. Now’s the chance to write for the pure enjoyment of writing.
4/ SHARE – Spend time with friends and be a great listener. After all, that’s where a lot of good friendships start. Listen first and talk later. This is a great recipe for long-term friendships.
5/ REVIEW – Take some time to review your year and think about what you’re most pleased about and maybe a few things you’d like to change for next year. Make a plan. If you write down your goals, there is a much greater chance they will become reality.
6/ RESPECT – Practice being respectful to others as much as you possibly can. You will find the respect starts to bounce back. Others will be more respectful toward you just as you are being respectful toward them.
7/ HELP – Do what you can to help others whenever possible. You’ll feel good about it and so will the other person. This could be at home, with friends, at a job or even helping strangers if the opportunity comes up. Break time is a great time to give a little of yourself to others.
If you are an anti-bullying advocate, leave a comment with your ideas of some other anti-bullying strategies we can all apply during the summer break.
Bruce Langford an anti-bullying advocate located in Canada.