Educator Self-Care and Wellness

Ashe County Schools SHAC Committee

The Ashe County Schools SHAC Committee and Why We Care

The SHAC Committee is made up of a group of school personnel, parents, and community members working collaboratively whose primary goal is to ensure our students and staff are given opportunities to be healthy and provide a healthy school environment. We understand that this year has been different than any other. With isolation, quarantine, and education changes, our educators are under more stress than ever before. In our attempt to help, this newsletter has inspirational words, mind reset links, healthy recipe ideas, and self-care tips and tricks.
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Everyone needs a little downtime to re-focus to be at their best; for themselves, their families, and their students. Self-Care can be as simple as making a favorite drink (sweet tea), sitting in a comfy chair with a blanket, and not do anything for 30 minutes. Or maybe finally reading that book you keep putting off. Self-Care is making sure we make ourselves a priority. We cannot give to others if we are running on empty.

Here are some quick, fun, and easy self-care ideas:

  • Try positive affirmations
  • Write a list of at least 5 things you are grateful for
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Try a few yoga poses
  • Take a walk or easy hike
  • Buy yourself that item you have been wanting
  • Friend Zoom session
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Cook your favorite meal
  • Make your bed
  • Random act of kindness
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Did You Know...

...Just making your bed in the morning is an instant boost?

...Pets are therapeutic?

...A good night's rest is considered self-care?

...Males benefit from self-care just as much as females?

...Youtube has fantastic relaxation videos?

Relaxing Music + Soft Rain Sounds. Soothing Music for Sleeping, Stress Relief, Relaxation
Relaxing Snowfall 2 Hours - Sound of Light Wind Breeze and Falling Snow in Forest (Part 2)
Relaxing Campfire by Lake at Sunset in 4k Ultra HD, Stress Relief, Meditation & Peaceful Deep Sleep
15 minute CALMING YOGA for Stress Relief and Anxiety

Love To Read? Check Out These Titles

Whether you enjoy the classics or something more modern, you are sure to find something to love.

If buying books online seems daunting, Ashe County Public Library is always happy to serve your book needs. They are located at 148 Library Drive West Jefferson, NC 28694 or online at:

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County Resources

The link below is the contact information for resources in the community that can help with clothing, shelter, food, and mental health needs during this unprecedented time.

SHAC Representatives

APP Health Care

  • Emily Alford
  • Elizabeth Kerley
  • Kelly Welsh
  • David Willard

Ashe County Administration

  • Dustin Farmer
  • Scott Grubb
  • Amanda Hipp
  • Jason Krider
  • Joallen Lowder
  • Lindsey Williams

Ashe County School's Central Support Services

  • Dr. Eisa Cox
  • CB Jones
  • Jamie Little
  • Brittany Perry
  • Martha Turner

Ashe County School Counselors

  • Kristy Aldrige
  • Amanda Bloomer
  • Julie Jones
  • Amy Tsolis

Ashe County Schools Faculty

  • Fawn Roark--Student Success Coordinator
  • Jessica Calhoun--Physical Education Teacher

Ashe County School Nurses

  • Laura Branch
  • Robin Goss
  • Libby Matheson
  • Regan Perry

Community Agencies

  • Maggie Birdsell
  • Doug Helms
  • Tracie McMillan Downer

Community Health Care Providers

  • Leigh Bradley
  • Melissa Lewis
  • Heather Peters
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