Cultivate Your Mind & Body Wellness

Let there be Hope

December 2020

As we go into the holidays, I continue to seek out hope with even more trustworthiness. I want to remind myself of all that I am looking forward to, as there is so much to look forward, like sleeping in, watching TV shows, catching up with friends, celebrating the holidays and so much more. Being hopeful does not mean ignoring or even forgetting that there is uncertainty, yet often uncertainty impedes us from finding hope that is already there. Hope brings forth all the possibilities to light. So, I want to say to you let there be hope, for you, your family, your friends, your community, your country. Let there be HOPE!
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Find Hope in Self-care

For the past several months and maybe even days, there have been feelings of hopeless regrading a variety of issues taking a toll on self-care. Finding hope can be one way to take care of yourself. Hope can mean different things to different people. Take some time to reflect on how your hope has opened yourself up to possibilities especially within yourself.


Acknowledging Your Growth

Review how much personal growth you have experienced. Find some time to acknowledge your growth to find the hope of possibilities you found within yourself.

  • What have you improved on?
  • What have you learned about yourself?
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Set Your Mind On Hope

Hope can help us stay sane during these times of uncertainty and loss. Even though we may try to control what occurs around us, we can only control ourselves. Setting your mind on hope can inspire us to take action on what we can and instill in us positive emotions. One way to set your mind on acquiring hope is by being present and grounded.


Stay Present & Grounded

Staying grounded increases positive feelings of calmness and helps us to take control over our own present experiences. It brings hopefulness of what can be within yourself.


Engage your senses

  • Notice what you smell.
  • Feel your feet on the ground.
  • Reflect on what you see.
  • Listen to what is around you.
  • Remember the tastes of the last thing you ate or drank.
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Uplift Your Nutrition

Having the right nutrition can be uplifting to help you through your day to day challenges. Being hungry or lacking nutrients brings down mood and makes it more difficult to manage life stressors. Having proper nutrition makes it easier to face those daily stressors. Regularly eating breakfast though leads to improved mood, better memory, more energy throughout the day, and even feelings of calmness. Uplift yourself today with proper nutrition!


Eat a balanced breakfast

Include lots of fiber, some lean protein, and good (unsaturated) fats to balance out your whole-grain carbohydrates every single morning. Even if you're in a rush, make sure to grab a snack on your way out the door like apple & peanut butter, low sugar granola bar, greek yogurt with fruit, crackers & cheese, etc.

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Sleep Needs

When you do not get the sleep you need, you can feel unpleasant and have low energy. It can be a struggle to feel hopeful of getting anything done during your day without sleep. It is important to get the sleep you need to function well. Find ways to naturally get better sleep and improve your outlook on how you handle what comes your way.


Keep it temperate, not tropical

A temperate room is more conducive to sleeping than a tropical one of eighty degrees. The NSF recommends a temperature somewhere around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Striking a balance between the thermostat, the bed covers, and your sleeping attire will reduce your core body temperature and help you drift off to sleep faster and more deeply.

What's The Best Temperature for Sleep?

Positive Relationships Support Hope

Positive relationships provide many benefits including hope, yet in times of hardship, we often do not access our relationships, making us feel disconnected and isolated. Life can be discouraging when living life alone, yet it does not need to be. Positive relationships can bring us hope. Connect with those positive relationships and feel the hope during these times of the need for hope.


Get Encouragement from Positive Relationships

Friends believe in us. As a result, they offer both the words and the support we need to become better people in all aspects of life.

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Revealing New Hope Through Exercise

Exercising is not easy to fit into our schedules and more so during these times. Yet, exercise can make you aware of what you are capable of and most of the time it is more than you think. What strength can exercising reveal in you? It can make you hopeful that you can do what ever you put your mind to. You just got to start some where in becoming active.


Reveal hidden strength

Adopting a regular exercise routine can provide powerful transformation, challenging limiting beliefs through exercise to reveal new, more powerful selves.

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Create a More Hopeful Life

Hope is a necessity. It is what keeps us moving forward in life with a sense that there are possibilities to witness in our futures even with an understanding of our present reality. Hope means recognizing that everything and everyone matters. Creating a more hopeful life means illuminating purpose and meaning for yourself.


Hope engages us in

  • our environment
  • our creativity
  • our problem solving skills
  • our ability to appreciate ourselves and others
  • our ability to be grateful for our lives


Hope Requires Learning About Yourself

Conduct a hope assessment of your life. How are you doing? with your emotional life, social relationships, physical health, mental functioning, etc?

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Past Monthly Wellness Newsletters

Be Well Butte Educators

A Monthly Wellness Newsletter for Butte County's Educators

Resources

Classroom Mental Health

Student Self-Care Toolkit

ACSA Resource Hub

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Hope has been what has kept me going in the past few weeks from discussions on how to support students on school sites to family plans for the holidays. I continue to look forward to all the possibilities that may be even with all the uncertainty. It can be hard at times to be hopeful, yet when you see light being illuminated somewhere that feeling you get tells you that you still have hope. Hope continues on and so do we!


Let there be hope in your life! Happy Holidays!

BE WELL FOR NOW & ALWAYS,

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BY DIANA LE BLANC, LMFT #84484