We at TAMA have noticed that this month is designated Mental Health Awareness month. I think my mental health is pretty important during the other 11 months, but it is nice that what goes on between our ears is getting some attention.
I and my colleagues Kevin and Tina are big fans of psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility is to notice what works and what doesn’t work to get you where you want to go. Kevin and colleagues said in The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix, “ Over twenty years of international ACT research suggests that psychological flexibility is key to mental health and optimal living.”
What this means from our perspective is that the best way we know of to promote our mental health and the mental health of those we serve is to make a loop around the Matrix.
Somebody can make a Mental Health Matrix Loop anywhere. You could be stuck in traffic, sitting at your desk, having a coffee break, or out for a stroll. If it helps you draw the two...
At the time of this post, we are at the beginning of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses and schools have shuttered, and we are social distancing to give medical experts and scientists the time they need to help us weather this unprecedented time.
Educators and helpers are busy learning and ramping up how to serve students and others online. We are all looking for what works to engage all learners and help them negotiate this new and mostly uncharted territory.
This video shows you my process for using the ACT Matrix to engage others online. The way you join is not to tell them but to show them the point of view so they experience the process of psychological flexibility and creativity.
If you want to engage learners both online and in-person and create powerful social-emotional learning experiences, the ACT Matrix is a game-changer. I have a free email training that can be accessed on the Evolving Solutions homepage. Dr. Kevin Polk and I also...