Stress...the great equalizer. We've all got some! "Stress Management" seems daunting when you consider the many aspects of life we all manage on a day-to-day basis. Like a flooded river, stress can seep into all aspects of ones life and swallow up a person’s ability to see through the fresh lens that’s needed for each day. 27 staff at Richmond Middle School in Hanover NH completed an entire week of focusing on relaxing for 10 minutes each day. Although 10 minutes seems like a relatively short period of time to de-stress, it’s a starting point. And sometimes just starting is the hardest part. When I was training the first time for a half marathon, I chose finishing as my goal even if it took me forever to finish. Nothing wrong with setting the bar low and attainable. Some wellness experts say that making attainable tiny goals or habits can lead to the most success for people seeking change.
Last year when our staff did this wellness challenge I did not seek out weekly feedback, this year that changed! Week 2 staff "Stress Management" reflection highlights:
-Taking time each evening to pet the family dog was a favorite for one staff member
-A night without power was found to be refreshing, relaxing and allowed for some enjoyable reading. Unplugged tech free time using candles and flash lights!
-Noticing that practicing relaxation activities before bed led to a smooth transition for sleep.
-Scheduling time for self felt rewarding and appreciated that it was "required"
-A moment to recall what was enjoyable to them and activities they wanted to try but hadn't
Stress. We've all got some. But how do we manage it? Here's to managing our stress in the new year and building tiny successful goals.
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