December Wellness Update

In Season Fruits & Veggies

6 Dimensions of Wellness

When we talk about wellness so many times we just think of physical wellness and maybe mental wellness, when in fact it is a multi-faceted topic. Check out the pdf below to learn more about each dimension in order to understand more about having a well rounded approach to your own personal wellness.

Classroom Brain Breaks

In last months edition we highlighted as a website that can be used for brain breaks with students. This website mainly targets K-5.

Another website that can be used by middle and high school staff for brain breaks is sponsored by HOP Sports and it

Feel free to check it out and incorporate brain breaks in the classroom to help you and the students stay alert and focused!

Check them out



Winter Remedies

Here are some natural remedies you may consider keeping on hand as we move into the cold and flu season:

1. Elderberry Syrup:

Elderberry Syrup has been used for warding off cold and flu (or speeding recovery if we get it). A recipe I've found works combines dried elderberries, raw honey and either taking these together or blending it into a tea if I don't want to really taste it. It is simple to make and much less expensive than store bought versions with similar ingredients.

Here is an Elderberry syrup recipe!

2. Vapor Rub

If cough or cold strikes, vapor rub can be helpful. You can use it on the bottoms of feet and on the back and chest to calm coughing and congestion. Always ask a doctor before using anything herbal on children. You can buy it or make it on your own.

Here is a natural vapor-rub recipe.

3. Tea & raw honey

I know tea isn't everyone's favorite, but sometimes tea with raw honey is just what is needed to help sooth a sore throat.

4. Garlic

During winter months, keeping raw garlic on hand to add into soups and stir fries can be helpful to speed recovery from illness. You can mince one clove of raw garlic and add it into food dishes or some have written about placing it into warm water or tea and drinking it. I'm not so sure about how that tastes so you'll have to check it out for yourself!

5. Broth

Broth is great as it can help your throat and the flavor is mild so it won't disrupt an upset tummy.

6. Humidifier & Essential Oils

As it gets drier in the winter months a humidifier can help as well. You can pick up fairly inexpensive humidifiers at Walmart, HyVee & Target. You can always add in essential oils into the water to help! Peppermint, Spearmint and any citrus scents are helpful to cut through a plugged nose, while a mixture of Lavender, Rose, Eucalyptus or Jasmine can help relax you to sleep.

7. Zicam, Airborne, other over the counters

I always have a few on hand as we roll into the cold and flu season so that when I start to feel it coming I can try to knock out any flu bug before it picks up steam. Especially when you feel crummy the last thing you want to do is make an extra trip in town to get medicine.

8. Soups, Orange Juice, Water

When colds start to hit think about nurtrition - put vitamins and water into your system to try to help your system fight the flu. Skimping out on healthy meals at this time because you feel run down may only make it worse. Hot and Sour soup does work really well to try and clear out your head! You can always get some from a Chinese restaurant or they have large bags at HyVee that you heat and add water that really help if the whole clan needs a pick me up!

Detox foot soak & shower melts

If you're a DIY-er and want to pamper yourself, or maybe give someone a homemade stocking stuffer check out these two ideas!

Soothing Shower Melt

Detox Foot Soak

Stress Relief Stretches

Yoga For the Winter Blues - Yoga for Depression
Yoga for the Winter Blues

Just for Laughs

Jimmy Kimmel does it again, and entertains us all in the process... I don't know where they find these kids but they are the cutest!

Giving you some extra laughs to get through as this is the time of the year people can feel a bit of the blues!

Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective - Naughty or Nice Edition #1
YouTube Challenge - I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present PART 2
YouTube Challenge - I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present

Upcoming Events

December 7th - 2 Hour Late Start, Staff Development

December 22nd - Last day with students

December 23 - January 1 - No School, Vacation

January 4th - Classes Resume