Summer Challenge: Small Acts of Wellness

Wellness WednesdayIt’s the little things that make the biggest difference when it comes to your wellness and the wellness of students.

Now that students aren’t spending much or any of the day in school, there is a mistaken belief that families need to do “big” things with their extra time together. However, wellness is determined by small, intentional, positive daily acts. This means that wellness is within each person’s reach.

A daily walk in the sunlight, an extra few minutes talking in-person or on the phone with friends or family, or a five-minute daily meditation can have a big impact on a person’s overall wellness.

We want to offer you a summer wellness challenge. Make this summer, a summer of small things. Take 5-30 minutes per day to attempt an intentional, positive wellness practice.

We will continue to share tips and ideas each week for these small, essential actions that can enhance wellness for families. We hope you have a great week!

Free Social and Emotional Wellness Screening for Students Ages 10-18

Free Mental Health Screenings on Jan. 26. Thirty minute appointments are open from 3:30 to 7 pm. Virtual appointments via zoom or google meet. Licensed professionals will discuss results of screener, discuss possible mental and behavioral health needs, and connect students and families to available community resources. Space is limited. Hablamos espanol. Scan QR code to register. Do you have concerns about your child’s social and emotional wellness? On January 26, 2022, the Jordan Health and Wellness Team will be providing virtual mental health consultation interview appointments every 30 minutes between 3:30 and 7 p.m.

  • At each event, licensed professionals will:
    • Discuss possible mental and behavioral health needs for your child.
    • Connect students and families to available community resources.
  • These screenings are by appointment only. Space is limited.
    • Appointments take approximately 30 minutes and the screening tool takes 15 minutes to complete, prior to your appointment.
    • Interpreters will be available upon request.
  • Visit calendly.com/rachel-dangerfield/jsd-mental-health-screening to schedule an appointment.

Checking in Can Save a Life

If you or a loved one were to get really sick, you would probably check in with your family physician for advice or a check-up. Why wait if it could restore your health and wellness or possibly save a life.

Mental health is no different. As we experience or see 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 a good time to check in on loved ones 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 is a really important component of health and wellness.

If you would like to “check-in” on your student’s mental health, we invite you to sign up for a FREE mental health screening. Go to calendly.com/rachel-dangerfield/jsd-mental-health-screening to schedule a virtual appointment with a member of our team. Refer to our flier for details.

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!

Flyer for Free Social and Emotional Wellness Screening

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!