This image from the presentation poses an important question, and the answer can help lead to a better relationship with stress. Stress in life is inevitable, but how we respond to it makes a huge difference in how we thrive in life. In addition, Dr. Cook highlights the concept of “self-care,” which can be in conflict with those of us who come from more collectivist societies. However, he touches on the critical importance of understanding how to care for oneself in order to be our best when responding to the needs of others in our lives.
Making time for proper rest and other rejuvenating activities helps each of us keep going when we are tasked with a variety of emotion evoking or intense activities. We’re looking forward to providing a list of upcoming events in our community that encourage healthy self-care strategies. Next week on the Moshi campus, Marissa Lipovsky will begin providing yoga twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, she encourages those of you in the Arusha campus to explore the opportunities that exist within your area.
Thank you to the 30+ members of our community who have completed the survey that we are using to build our Wellness Wednesday initiative and determine the best way to support the mental health and well-being of our school community. If you have not had a chance yet, please take a few moments to complete the survey on this link by Friday, 21 August. Your input and insights are vital to creating effective and efficient systems of support.