Wellness Wednesday Weekly

Wellness Wednesday Weekly

Volume 2 Issue 4
Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Greetings UWCEA Community,

Take a breath. Look around, and take in the moment as we get underway in a new month.

We thought we were being creative when we decided to focus on self-care this month, only to discover that others were already promoting the importance of this concept during a month of great change (see this link for more information). Most people have heard of the term “self-care,” but some have a difficult time understanding why it is important. One reason is that it is seen by some as being selfish, however, the reality is that you cannot give what you do not have. When we take time to take care of ourselves, we are better prepared to accomplish tasks and work collaboratively with others. When our own needs are not met, then we can be more of a hindrance to others than a support.

What is self-care? It is unique to everyone, and starts with self-awareness in order to know what works best to recharge and rejuvenate yourself for whatever lies ahead. We used the metaphor of climbing a mountain in the last two Wellness Wednesday Weekly issues, and want you to continue to think about what you need to get up the mountains in your life. One way to do this is through a regular routine of self-checks where you take time to reflect on what you are experiencing, feeling, and how it is impacting you. Some people do this through journaling, and others do it through self-scans to take a moment to notice what is going on in their body and mind in order to determine any areas that they need to focus on. Self-awareness is an essential element of self-care, but if you do not know yourself, you do not know how to properly care for you. Taking time for yourself is the best way to become an expert in who you are, and what you need to create a healthy inner and outer life.

Create a Care Routine. You will see that the COVID-19 Counselor Resources has been updated with a link to a Self-Care September calendar. This is a reminder to make self-care a part of your daily routine. Whatever you need to do to carve out time and space for yourself this month, please make it a priority so that you can persevere over the long haul. Life continues to put challenges and obstacles in our path, but the more we focus on taking care of ourselves when times are good, we can be prepared to respond (and not just react) to the difficult times when they come our way. What are you going to do today to care for yourself?

Survey Says

We are so grateful to the nearly 60 members of our community who took the time to complete our survey on mental health and well-being as we reopen our school. Your insights and ideas are invaluable and have been shared with school administration as we begin to explore ways to respond to the needs highlighted. In addition, the encouragement and appreciation that was expressed for the way our staff handled the school closing was greatly appreciated and will be shared with them so that they are reminded that their efforts are not in vain. Stay tuned for more information about how we are using your input to inform the way we support our community as we climb our way through this school year. If you have other ideas that come up along the way, please feel free to send them to Counselor_moshi@uwcea.org so that we can continue to be responsive to the needs of our community.

Wellness in our community is truly a team effort that relies on sharing ideas from the array of experiences and resources that exist within our two campuses. This week we had some wonderful contributions to help with our self-care theme:

Mr. Ben Morley and his secret Wellness Warriors posted these signs on the PYP Classroom doors to remind everyone of an excellent way to start the day. Think about how this image to start your day can get your day off to a wonderful start.

Ms. Julia Fibicher once again provided a great resource full of ideas to ensure you have tools to practice self-care this month and beyond. These suggestions for how to take a break can carry you through Self-Care September and into our first (well deserved) break of the year!

Finally, Ms. Heloise Jackson shared an excellent book that she is reading that will put you to sleep, in a very good way. We have all heard that sleep is an essential part of creating a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes we need a reminder of just how important it can be in our lives. Take a look at this book by Dr. Matthew Walker and see if some sleep can make a difference in how you function throughout your life.
Why We Sleep:Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker PhD.

We are so grateful to the members of our community who are working to support our Wellness Wednesday mental health and well-being initiative. If you have any ideas that you would like to share, please feel free to send them our way.

Take care and persevere,

Your UWCEA Wellbeing Committee