COMMUNITY WELLNESS IN THE WORKS
Wellness Information for ALL Community Members
COMMUNITY WELLNESS IN THE WORKS is authored by Ms. Cailyn Gilvary, District SELect Leader, and Ms. Tiffany Steiner, Director of Intervention Services and Student Wellness.
Volume 2: DISTRICT NEWS
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Through the ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE Mindset, we are taught that we can use either the positives or negatives in our lives as a foundation on which to build. Choose the positives, and we are on our way toward extraordinary success! By focusing on the things we have, there is no time to be distracted by what we don’t have.
4 Key Components:
- Treasure Yourself
- Be More Grateful
- Thank it Forward
- Elevate Your Perspective
NEED ANOTHER REASON TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE?
The below video explains how gratitude impacts one's overall health and wellness.
Attitude of Gratitude In Action
We would like to send a very special THANK YOU to Mr. Ryan and his Wall Intermediate School Junior Art Honor Society Members who created 7 Mindsets Buttons! Each button displays a mindset and the amazing artistic abilities of our students. WE SO APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU AND ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!
Please stay tuned to see where these buttons end up!!
Thank you to Ms. Crepeau for organizing an activity that highlights theThank it
Forward components of Attitude of Gratitude. Students wrote cards to the military expressing thankfulness and gratitude for their service to our country. Below is a sample from Mr. Ronga's class.
SAVE THE DATE
Celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13th
How Did World Kindness Day Begin?
World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organization formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of kindness organizations around the world. There are currently more than 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations toward greater kindness.
Kindness helps our minds and bodies in so many ways...here are just a few of the amazing effects it has on our health.
Kindness can help us feel happier
When we experience kindness, a hormone called dopamine is released in our brain which gives us a feeling of elevation and lifts our mood – it’s often referred to as ‘Helper’s High’.
Kindness is good for the heart
Acts of kindness are often accompanied by a feeling of emotional warmth, which in turn produces the hormone oxytocin in your body. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical which expands your blood vessels, reduces blood pressure and protects your heart.
Kindness slows ageing
Kindness has been shown to slow the ageing process. Remarkable research found that oxytocin can reduce levels of free radicals and inflammation (two main culprits of ageing) in our cardiovascular system.
Kindness improves relationships
Kindness reduces the emotional distance between two people and helps us feel more ‘bonded’. Our evolutionary ancestors had to learn to cooperate with one another to increase the rate of survival. Essentially, ‘kindness genes’ were etched into the human genome. When we are kind to each other, we feel a connection that strengthens our existing relationships and helps us to create new ones.
Kindness is contagious
When we are kind, we inspire others to be kind and studies show that it actually creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards to our friends’ friends’ friends – that’s an amazing three degrees of separation! This means that when you are kind to one person, that one act of kindness will positively affect up to 125 people!
PERSONAL CARE & DEVELOPMENT
Tips to Manage Stress During the Holidays
TECHNOLOGY AND WELLNESS
8 Ways to Achieve Digital Wellness
Digital wellness is the practice of using technology to enhance, not harm our mental and physical health. There is a delicate balance between using technology and interacting with the world in a "tech-free" manner. Below are some considerations to help you evaluate your digital wellness.
1. Take a look at your digital habits
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with too much information or feel pressured by social media? Do you get overly anxious if you forget your phone when going out? If your digital device is causing you negative feelings, then it’s most probably time to look at how you can improve your digital well-being
2. Monitor your digital activity
The first step towards improving your digital well-being is to get a detailed understanding of your tech use. Most smartphones now have the ability to monitor your activity so you can analyze the time you spend on each app and digital device.
3. Set the boundaries
We are surrounded by digital devices, but we can set healthy tech boundaries. You can set daily limits on the apps and websites you use. Once you hit the limit, the apps and sites pause and notifications are silenced.
4. Bedtime curfew
There are various apps that will put your phone in nighttime mode, silence your notifications, and turn your screen to grayscale which minimizes blue light. Exposing ourselves to artificial blue light at bedtime disrupts our natural sleep-wake cycle as it blocks the hormone melatonin which helps us to fall asleep.
5. Gadget free meal time
Psychologist and behavioral expert Emma Kenny said “Making sure that mealtimes are a technology-free zone is critical to family cohesion and means that every family member can be fully present whilst enjoying a nutritious and delicious shared meal.”
6. Focus mode
There are options on some mobile phones to temporarily pause apps. This will prevent your phone from disturbing you when you need to focus on something important. If you try to open an app while it is in focus mode, it will remind you that the app is paused.
7. Prioritize real-time relationships
There is a term ‘phubbing’ which means ignoring your friends or family in favor of looking at your phone. Research shows that ‘phubbing’ robs us of our fundamental needs and can seriously affect our relationships and increase stress levels! Try establishing some unplugged zones and times in your home. This gives loved ones the chance to talk and listen without any distractions.
8. Social media
Social media can be a positive thing as it keeps us connected to friends and family. Yet, overuse of social media (known as social media addiction) and continually communicating electronically with our friends and family, instead of face-to-face can cause depression, feelings of loneliness, and social isolation. Heavy use of social media can also promote negative experiences, such as feelings of inadequacy about our appearance and how we live our lives.
Make Kindness The Norm
Find smooth river rocks (or any rocks) and use paint or Sharpies to write/draw inspirational messages on them. These rocks can be hidden for people to find, you can make a rock garden, or you can gift them to members of your Dream Team for the holidays.
Go on a scavenger hunt as a family and don't forget to find your gratitude!