Hi everybody! I hope you are all doing well, in spite of the strange times we are living in. Dealing with the pandemic and quarantine and trying to provide high quality distance education, in addition to the other stressful issues in our world like politics and giant hornets, is challenging to say the least!
It's easy to feel down or apathetic, especially after watching the news. But there are silver linings all over, and I try to recognize them and take a moment to feel grateful when they shine. Taking time to think of the things we're grateful and expressing has been shown to elevate moods. Here is an article in Psychology Today discusses this phenomenon and gives ideas for making gratefulness more intentional. Meditation or even just taking three to five deep breathes a few times a day is also helpful.
Physical activity is another factor that has been shown to lift spirits by releasing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes people feel happy and relaxed. I believe, though, that in order to make exercise a habit, it's important to find things you really love to do. Personally, I have tried jogging, but got bored and disliked the jarring on my body. Going on an elliptical trainer or stationery bike is ok, but I still get bored. I fell in love with boxing when I started taking classes, and now I'm crazy for Zumba. I think, for me, I need to be learning something new and not thinking about 'exercising'. But that's just me! It's important that everyone finds healthy activities that they really enjoy doing and don't feel like a chore, in order to make it an ingrained habit.
Many classes started being taught in our district this year with the introduction of our Wellness Champion Program this school year, and many of them have adapted to the present situation by being offered online. In addition to these classes, resources are available and being shared with all Woodburn School District employees to help them take care of themselves and thrive.
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May Total Brain Wellness Challenge
These yoga sessions will take place with our district Yoga Instructor Liz Bower via Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm and are completely free.
Shelter Yoga is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
1. Download Zoom.
2. This link will be the same for Mon/Wed for now.
3. The class will open at 3:25pm, and at 3:30pm, the instructor will mute everyone.
4. If you join late please don’t forget to mute yourselves as the audio on Zoom is pretty sensitive & picks up a lot of background noise.
Time: Mon/Wed 3:30pm
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Meeting ID: 765 016 407