Alina Gallupe

Alina Gallupe

I am a graduate student of Mental Health Counseling in Cambridge, MA. I strive to combine my mental health knowledge and my love of writing to explore all topics related to the human experience. I am also a dedicated cat mom and home cook.

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  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    End of the Year Activities for Kids

    End of the Year Activities for Kids

    Termination can be a difficult time for both clients and counselors or teachers. Students can react to endings in a variety of ways that can often be unpredictable and really different from their usual behavior patterns. Some students might withdraw and mentally seem to create some distance, while others will become aggressive or might act out for increased attention. By incorporating activities to help wrap up the end of the year, you can help curb some of these reactions and ensure that students get closure around the work they have done with you. These can be especially helpful for teachers or counselors who will no longer be working with these children again the coming school year.
  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    Self-Esteem Activities for Children

    Self-Esteem Activities for Children

    The children of today are growing up in a world over-saturated with impossible beauty standards seen everywhere from photo-shopped celebrity images on social media to beauty and fitness ads on television. Kids, especially young girls, are being exposed to these fake images and are learning from younger and younger ages that they need to look a certain way, a way which might not even be possible for them. While some companies such as Aerie and American Eagle are embracing the "un-retouched" ad, there is still a long way to go before body positivity messages can become mainstream. In the meantime, there are things you can do with your kids, either in a classroom setting or at home, to help combat this cultural phenomenon and teach your children that they are worthy of respect.
  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    Coping Skills Activities for Children

    Coping Skills Activities for Children

    A student's ability to cope with difficult situations will greatly affect their social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. Children who learn healthy coping skills are better equipped to deal with complex emotions and have less disruptive behaviors in the classroom which is good for both that child and the classroom as a whole. These activities are a great way to introduce students to strategies that can help them regulate and calm down during stressful or anxious moments in their day.
  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    Anxiety Activities for Children

    Anxiety Activities for Children

    There is no question that anxiety is on the rise in America's youth. Between an increase in school shootings and the realities of global climate change, our culture as a whole is in a very high-stress period. Children are not only seeing these worries played out in society, but they are also absorbing them as well. As a result, childhood diagnoses of anxiety disorders are on the rise. While this might seem like a hopeless and scary fact, there are things that parents, teachers, and school counselors can do to help students cope with and understand anxiety. The following activities can be done at home or in school and can be done either one-on-one or in a classroom setting.
  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    Whole 30 Party Food Recipes

    Whole 30 Party Food Recipes

    As Spring and Summer approach, invites to Pot Lucks and BBQ's are starting to pop up as readily as the dandelions. Being on a nutrition plan like Whole 30 shouldn't stop you from enjoying fun in the sun! With these three easy-to-make recipes, you will be the life of the party, and have something tasty to munch on!
  • Alina Gallupe
    Published about a year ago
    My Journey Through Whole 30

    My Journey Through Whole 30

    Fad diets with celebrity endorsements and cult followings are as common as Instagram models, saturating our culture in weight-focused “wellness.” With so many to choose from, and so many being bogus or even harmful, it can be incredibly frustrating to navigate the weight loss scene. As someone who adores food (I would happily label myself a Foodie in an unironic way), all of these diets seemed too restrictive, and simply not for me. That being said, I decided to jump into the world of diet culture and do the hard work for you! In this review, I will take a look at the Whole 30 nutrition plan, and take you step by step through my 30-day journey, even the painful beginnings.