April: Play, Have Fun, Repeat
This month we are encouraged to have fun! Many people might think that play is just for children. But when adults engage in play, it fosters relationships and helps build creativity all while relieving stress.
Here are some fun ways to play and have fun this month:
- Get outside
- Be artistic
- Celebrate staff
March: Nutrition Month
Food is a big part of our lives that goes well beyond just nourishment. It has the power to unite us, teach us (through shopping, cooking and tasting), keep us healthy and restore
us in times of need. Here are some ways you can celebrate nutrition month:
- The Power of Connections - Try to share at least one meal a day with others. You'll feel more connected and it will help you eat a more balanced meal.
- Involve Others - Eating together is more likely to happen when
everyone helps. Get your entire household in on
the action to help plan, shop and prepare food.
- Be in the Moment - Feeling distracted when you eat? Encourage mindfulness by creating a “no phone policy” to really enjoy the meal or snack—and your company too!
February: Bring Your Whole Self to Work
Inclusion and belonging are important parts of your happiness and health, as they can help you feel more comfortable being yourself.
Here are a few ways to contribute to an inclusive and accepting workplace:
- Converse by sharing a calendar where staff can mark meaningful dates and holidays.
- Embrace the unique perspective that each staff member offers.
- Connect with your school community and/or department.
- Develop and plan fun activities for all staff to participate in.
January: Keeping Your Mind Nimble
We stretch our bodies, but how often do we think about stretching our minds? The brain thrives on change and actually grows when we use our minds and bodies in new ways. This month we're encouraged to
- Learn something new
- Breathe fresh air
- Focus the mind
- Keep active
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December: The Gratitude Attitude
By reflecting on and expressing what you're thankful for, you can positively impact your personal well-being as well as contribute to positive relationships at home or in the workplace.
Embrace the Cold
- Warm yourself up this winter by taking a few moments to appreciate the season and how it helps to kick start wellness activities in your home and workplace.
- Studies show that the more you practice gratitude, the happier and healthier you'll be.
Expand your Gratitude
- Find creative ways to apply the different dimensions of wellness in your workplace as a way to be thankful for your collective health and wellness.
November: Financial Literacy
Have you ever caught yourself thinking, "If I had the money, I'd...?" Most of us have an answer to that question: whether it's to travel, go back to school, save for retirement, get out of debt, create a rainy day fund or something else that suits you. What if, instead of asking the question, we started with the dream first and then made a plan to bring it to life? With Financial Literacy Month upon us, there's no time like the present to take stock of the resources we have, the ones we may not be using to their fullest and the ones we want to build.
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October: We're Better Together
Our lives are filled with a variety of different types of relationships. From our family relationships to the connections we have at work, creating and maintaining these relationships not only helps to boost our individual wellness but also contributes to a healthy culture in our homes, workplaces, and communities. While relationships aren’t always easy, the advantages significantly outweigh any drawbacks. A few benefits of positive social relationships include:
- Emotional regulation
- Physical and mental health
- Self-esteem and empathy
- Likelihood of maintaining healthy behaviours
- Overall life satisfaction and happiness
Healthier Relationships, Happier You!
Want to help your relationships flourish? Try becoming a communication sensation! Communication is a vital component of healthier social connections, so always try to:
- Approach situations with an open mind
- Communicate clearly
- Create a safe space for everyone to share their ideas
- Engage in non-judgmental listening
- Pay attention to nonverbal cues
September is a great time to create a plan for balance with all the excitement and challenges that come with a new school year. We often refer to this as “work-life balance" that implies time spent working and living should be a 50/50 split, which doesn’t quite fit the bill.
It isn’t life or work. Rather work and life-with elements like adventure, fun, rest and more sprinkled in between. Since your differing priorities are interconnected and often overlap, make the most of the resources and support available to help you juggle it all.
Do what works for you:
Our priorities likely differ from one another’s so, naturally, we have unique ways of living in “balance.” Here are a few tips for creating and maintaining balance in all aspects of your life:
Avoid comparing yourself to others and create your own personalized definition of what balance feels like to you.
Life isn’t only more fun together, it’s also easier! A support network such as friends, family, colleagues, health professionals or community resources can help you to achieve balance.
- Embrace a positive perspective:
Reflect on at least one difficult or stressful situation that you encountered this month. Try and shift your perspective: is there anything at first seemed like a problem, but can now be seen as a learning experience that offered unexpected insights? Can these insights help you in the future?
Reminding ourselves of the purpose of our work may help to increase work satisfaction. Take five minutes in a quiet space to turn off autopilot and reflect on why you entered the career you did. It may be the recharge you have been looking for.
May: Recharge for Resiliency
Resiliency is key for emotional health and well-being. It gives us the ability to recover from setbacks and move ahead in the face of adversity. No matter what curve balls life throws, resiliency helps us persevere and be our best.
Ideas on how to recharge:
- Take time for YOU
- Find your own strengths
- Strengthen staff and students
- Talk about psychological health
- Connect with someone