Be Well Butte Educators; Oct. 2020
A Monthly Wellness Newsletter for Butte County's Educators
Self-Care for Busy Educators
We know the saying goes, "Laughter is the best medicine." More and more research is showing that this is actually the case. Short-term benefits of laughter include stimulating our hearts, lungs, and muscles, releasing feel-good endorphins, relaxation, and reducing tension and stress. Laughter also has long-term effects including improved immune system, pain relief, increased personal satisfaction, and improved mood. And to be honest, doesn't laughing just make you feel better?
Things to try this month:
- Watch funny videos: Try YouTube videos, sitcoms, and podcasts
- Spend time with animals: Those of us with pets know they do ridiculous things. Take advantage of that! And as an added bonus, petting animals even lowers your blood pressure & boosts your immunity.
- Be silly: Skip around your classroom. Crank up the music and do a silly dance. If you're shy, just close the curtains and lock your door!
- Sing: Put on a favorite playlist and really belt those tunes out. According to some research, singing is an antidepressant.
- Collect funny things: Create a Pinterest board to bookmark the funny things you find online. Then actually go back and look at them later. Challenge your students to collect funny things to share with the class on Fridays. Collect funny sayings, memes, pics, etc. and share them with others.
One of the most difficult aspects of wellness and self-care is finding the activity that not only supports wellness, but is enjoyable as well! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have an everyday person try different types of wellness activities and report back its effectiveness and enjoyment? Well, we do!! In each Newsletter our own School and Community Wellness Advisor, Matt Reddam, will try a wellness activity suggested by you the reader! Matt Tries will be a recurring summary of Matt’s experience with the suggested activity, including its effectiveness in reducing stress, how enjoyable and fun it was, and whether or not it led to a long term muscle injury. Stay tuned, and if you have suggestions for Matt’s first entry into the experiential world of wellness, click HERE and add your ideas.