WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Life Happens for You, Not to You

Wellness WednesdayMost would agree, this is a very difficult way to end the school year. Traditional end-of-year school celebrations, graduation ceremonies, dances, yearbook signings, and other events have been missed and no doubt this has been hard for students and families.

The idea that everything in life happens for you rather than to you is popularized by Tony Robbins. What does this mean at a time like this? There is no getting around the fact that students and families found themselves dealing with a very difficult life circumstance due to COVID-19. But how we view the inevitable challenge that we’ve been forced to face can alter our reaction and subsequent action.

If we do our best to see how this change happened for us, then we find small ways to improve ourselves as we adapt to this challenge. Maybe this means strengthening relationships with a few close family members. Maybe this means beginning a new exercise routine (a daily walk is free of charge!) Maybe it means taking the time to organize and declutter a room. Maybe it means taking the time to learn new skills, pursue a new hobby, or read a book.

This week’s wellness challenge is to make a small effort that will help students and families experience some benefit from this difficult end of school year. If this experience is happening for us then we will act in ways that will allow us to look back on this difficult time with dignity, appreciation, growth, and personal strength.

Be well! Have a great week!

Wellness Wednesday: Checking in Can Save a Life

FREE Social & Emotional Screening for StudentsIf you or a loved one were to experience symptoms of the coronavirus, hopefully you would get tested as soon as possible to stay healthy. Why wait if it can save a life?

Mental health is no different. As we experience or see any symptoms like withdrawal, isolation, unexplained anger, sadness, or other major changes we should check in with loved ones as soon as possible. It could save a life.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, it’s even a good time to check in on loved ones who you aren’t normally worried about, because sometimes social or emotional struggles may not be as obvious.

Everyone could use a regular check-up, and taking the time to check in may save a life.

If you would like to “check-in” on your student’s mental health, we invite you to sign up for a FREE, online mental health screening by following this link, or visit wellness.jordandistrict.org.

If you are concerned about your child, don’t hesitate to reach out for help from your school’s counselors, school psychologist, or school staff for additional support. It’s always a good time to check-in and see how things are going in order to keep each other healthy during this challenging time.

We hope you stay healthy and well!

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: You Are a Warrior, Not “Just” a Worrier

Wellness WednesdayIt’s pretty clear that every student and family in Jordan School District deserves a pat on the back right now. You’ve made it through a month of adapting to a situation you’ve never been faced with before.

The good news is, you’ve already proven that you are a Warrior when it comes to managing difficult situations. It’s normal to be worried about what the future holds. The most important question is not why we feel worried or anxious – because anxiety is an understandable feeling.  The most important question to answer during this unique time is why don’t I feel anxious sometimes? The answer to this question will prove to you that you have dealt with this difficult feeling and been victorious.

This battle with worry is one that you have won MANY TIMES before without even recognizing that you have. You’ve made it through one of the most difficult months any of us have faced with COVID-19, great job!

You want proof that you have already gotten pretty good at winning this battle with worry? That you ARE in fact a Warrior?

Over the past month I’m sure that most of you have driven on a freeway at 70+ miles per hour without thinking twice about it. If you were to bring along some of your ancestors for that same journey they would likely lose their minds worrying about the speeding cars, switching lanes, merging, and everything else that we have come to find completely comfortable. Pretty soon you will be able to look back at this new normal and will be able to see that you have proven yourself, once again, to be a Warrior. A Warrior who worried sometimes, but who wouldn’t in this situation? The best part is, we are going to make it.

You aren’t broken because you feel anxious, you are stronger because you have faced it.

For additional resources on increasing your skills that could help reduce anxiety, check out our website wellness.jordandistrict.org where we have a page dedicated to understanding and managing anxiety as well as several free resources for increasing yours and your family’s social and emotional learning skills.

We hope you stay healthy! Have a great week!

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Tips for Home-Centered Wellness During COVID-19 

Jordan School District is committed to ensuring that students and families are offered support throughout this unique time. Please know that it is normal for students and families to feel anxious or stressed, especially while experiencing so many unexpected changes.

Wellness WednesdayAlong with your school’s staff, the District is committed to supporting your family’s health and well-being. That’s why we have compiled this resource page to help address some of the main concerns regarding COVID-19 as well as some ideas for how to make the most of your home-centered life.

For more information and additional resources, please visit wellness.jordandistrict.org.

  • To find ideas on talking to your children about COVID-19 refer to these tips from Intermountain Healthcare. It is good to talk openly and honestly with children while sticking to the facts and stating what we DO know about the virus because misinformation and rumors can add to feelings of anxiousness.
  • Continue to build relationships as students and families and stay social while following the guidelines on social distancing. This can be through social media, video chats, and also in-person conversations, board games, or activities with parents and siblings who may have not had time together at home like they do now.
  • Find uplifting and entertaining, books, shows, games, and music and remember that checking the news every few hours will only heighten anxiety. It’s important to take a break from the news and families could consider scheduling & limiting your check-ins to once or twice daily (morning and evening) so that you are able to make the most of your home-centered life.
  • Establish healthy routines as this is essential to reducing stress. Keeping a routine for sleeping, eating, exercising, studying, and playing can help reduce the stress of change. Students and families will adjust to the new routine much more easily if it is predictable.
  • Help students stay productive and goal-oriented in their new routine by dedicating time to schoolwork, projects at home, and personal goals (like learning how to play an instrument or cook a meal).
  • Try making a list of things you still can do that you would enjoy (both individually and as a family), like a “social distancing bucket list,” as this home-centered life may be an opportunity to develop a new hobby, relationship, or skill that you didn’t have time for before it happened.
  • Start a gratitude journal, because even though there is much change, recognizing what has gone well can help reduce stress and anxiety. Another practice of gratitude could be to take the time to write letters or emails to people who have made a positive impact in your life.
  • Continue to take care of your family’s physical health by eating regularly (please come by one of our schools for meals as needed), sleeping at least 8 hours, getting physical activity, exercise, and sunlight.

We hope that each of you can stay healthy and well during this unique time. We are stronger together and we want to stay connected and supportive as a District along with your school teams.