Wellness Wednesday


Stepping Into Wellness

Wellness is a conscious, deliberate process that requires a person to become aware of and make choices for a more satisfying lifestyle (Johnson, 1986; Swarbrick, 1997).

Six Easy Ways To Start Self-Care Today

Make A "NO" List

Making a list of things you absolutely do not want in your life can eliminate stress or anxiety.

Think about the things that cause you stress or anxiety and try to document them so you can actively work towards eliminating (or minimizing) them from your life. Here are some of the examples:

  • Not rushing
  • Not using credit cards, unless you’re able to pay them off each month
  • Not answering the phone during dinner
  • Not participating in office gossip

Get Some Sunshine

Just 5-10 minutes of sunlight can improve your mood and self-esteem.

  • Park your car further from the door
  • Take a lap or two around the building
  • When walking your students to lunch take the outside route to the cafeteria.
  • Sit outside or in your car during lunch

Device Detox

Take some time away from your phone, laptop and social media. Disconnect from negative followers on social media also. The American Psychological Association says that attachment to devices and social media is associated with higher stress levels. If you are having a hard time disconnecting try this:

  • Delete the applications from your phone
  • Conduct a social media audit
  • Unfollow anyone who post negatives images, harsh messages or things you do not agree with

Take Time For Mindfulness

What is mindfulness...

Mindfulness is a practice that promotes awareness. Practicing for just a few minutes can help you manage stress and anxiety levels and may even help boost your mood.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Yoga: Take a class at a studio near you, or try online videos at home.
  • Tai Chi: Join a class
  • Meditation: Many free phone applications, like Calm or InsightTimer can help guide you through a short or long session.

Start A Compliment Journal

Take time to write down the nice things people say to you and when you are in need of a boost, pull your journal out and give them a quick read. Try adding some of your favorite quotes and affirmations as well.

Allow me to help you get your journal started:

  • You are doing an amazing job

Block Off Time For Yourself

Schedule a few minutes just for you because you deserve it. Enjoy the quiet time and being by yourself doing whatever you feel is best for you.

The amount of time you can spend by yourself is going to vary for everyone, it is important that you set aside some time to try it.

If doing so seems difficult in the middle of your daily and weekly schedules, try setting aside time just once a month. After you’ve mastered that, you may find that making time once a week—or even once a day—is possible. It is important to start somewhere and make it a habit.

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