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.

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Getting a Good Nights Sleep Matters!

Clock set to 6:30This past weekend, daylight savings began and most students lost an extra hour of sleep. Just ONE extra hour of sleep makes a big difference in how patient, alert, attentive, and safe drivers are on the road. In fact, studies show that when this time change happens every spring there is a significant increase in car accidents nationwide.

When students consistently don’t get enough sleep, it affects their decision making, emotional stability, physical health, and overall wellness. Furthermore, they aren’t able to learn and remember as easily.

When students get enough sleep, their minds and bodies are able to perform at their best. Sleep affects physical health, mental health, and brain functioning. Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of student’s academic and emotional wellness and it makes a HUGE difference. So, try and get to bed early this week to combat the time change and see how the added sleep will improve your patience, alertness, emotional health, and overall brain functioning.

Creating a healthy habit of sleeping at least eight hours every night is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your wellness.

Be well!

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: It’s the Everyday That Matters Most

GraphicHow we interact with one another in everyday moments makes the biggest difference in the quality of our relationships. Many people make the mistake of focusing on the “BIG” moments like a wedding or an engagement.

In reality, all relationships are built out of small, everyday interactions. One strategy that will help you improve your everyday interactions is called Active Constructive Responding.

There are many ways to respond to others when they talk to us and how we respond does make a difference.

Although we should all work toward Active Constructive Responding, there are also passive constructive, passive destructive, and active destructive ways to respond.

Here is an example: Let’s pretend that someone you care about just came to you and told you that they passed their math class.

 Here are four different ways you could respond:

  1. “Oh, cool, good for you.” (Passive Constructive)
  2. “Wow! I’m so proud of you. Was that a lot of work for you? (Active Constructive)
  3. “YOU passed math? That’s a surprise.” (Passive Destructive)
  4. “I got 100% and didn’t even study, that’s funny that you are proud of yourself for passing, that class is easy.” (Active Destructive)

Every day we are faced with opportunities to respond a little bit differently. If each of us could work toward more active, constructive responding, our relationships will improve!

Have a great week, and be well!

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: The Math of Building Quality Relationships

Picture of heart in handThe math of a quality relationship is a little more than Me + You = Love.

This week’s wellness tip is about getting your relationship ratios (the number of positive interactions to negative interactions) right in all of your relationships. What does that mean to “get your relationship ratios right?”

In order for any relationship to thrive, our positive interactions have to outnumber our negative interactions. That means that every time that we bring up a problem, disagree, or address an issue we have to have more compliments, appreciation, or effort stored in the relationship.

For neighbors, acquaintances, and people we work with, we need to have at least 3 positive interactions for every negative interaction.

For those closest to us (like spouses, siblings, parents, boyfriends/girlfriends), we need to have at least 5 positive interactions for every negative interaction.

That’s the simple math of quality relationships.

This week’s wellness challenge is to invest in more positive interactions with the people in your life, whether that’s through social media or in person. Your quality of life will improve as you get your relationship ratios right.

Be well and have a great week!

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY:  How to KEEP New Year’s Resolutions

Wellness Wednesday photo and logoWillpower or “trying harder” is not enough to keep us on track toward our goals in the new year. The last few weeks we shared a few ideas to make resolutions easier and more enjoyable to maintain. This week we focus on how to make your resolutions IRRESISTABLE.

There is an interesting example of this called the “Irresistible Staircase.” A company in Washington wanted to do more than put up banners encouraging employees to use the stairs. They completely restructured the work environment to make the stairs much more enticing than the elevator. They created a beautiful staircase right as you walked in, which provided amazing views of the city. They even put items that would be a draw to get employees in the stairwell like snacks and a water cooler. In order to take the elevator, employees had to walk past this beautiful, “Irresistible Staircase” and miss out on all the enticing things that were happening on the stairs.

A new goal sticks when we take the time to re-structure our environment and make keeping it MORE enticing than not keeping it. For example, If you have set a goal to eat healthier, give yourself LOTS of enticing, healthy options that are at your fingertips. Then, make it extremely difficult to get to your secret stash of sweets. If all you have to do is open your pantry to get to the chocolate, then your willpower will not keep you away. If you bury the chocolate in the backyard and have several healthy snack stations along the way to unbury the chocolate, then you have just taken a step to making your new healthy eating goal irresistible. Plus, you’ll probably have some fun burying your chocolate.

We hope you have a wonderful week and that you’ve been able to stick to your new goals, if not, try a new strategy this week and see how it goes.