Wellness Wednesday: Summer Self-Care Challenge

Wellness WednesdayThere is overwhelming evidence that regular exercise is essential for improving mental health and wellness. The benefits of exercise include better sleep, reduced stress, and overall improvements in health and happiness. It’s important to know that exercising regularly (like 5 days per week) will mean a lot more to your long-term wellness than several hours of exercise only on the weekends. Wellness through exercise is built from consistency rather than intensity.

If you can commit to at least 30 minutes per day to exercise (which could be a daily walk, run, bike ride, yoga routine, weight training, or combination of any of these,) by the end of the summer you will have invested over 2,000 minutes in improved wellness. That is a small daily effort that will make a BIG difference in your wellness.

Remember, wellness can’t be stored, it must be nurtured every day. Your summer self-care challenge is to make a small investment, at least 30 minutes per day, in a healthier, happier, you through exercise. We look forward to seeing the improved you in the fall! Stay well!

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!