“Breathe and Reboot.”
~The Life Jacket
It’s worth repeating that the countdown to summer break is real for teachers. I think this summer is a great opportunity to be “selfish” and focus on rebooting and building a strong wellness foundation.
The foundational pillars are: physical, emotional, financial, social, environmental, intellectual, occupational, and spiritual. Last week we took a deep dive into physical, emotional, financial, and social. This week we’ll cover environmental, intellectual, occupational, and spiritual. The contributors at Ask the Scientists will continue to help us build our common language.
Environmental wellness is concerned with your immediate personal surroundings and the larger community where you live and work. Specifically, environmental wellness is determined by the reciprocal relationship between an individual and their environment.
- Declutter workspace
- Create a sacred place at home to recharge
- Become committed to recycling or volunteer for community cleanup projects
Intellectual wellness is strengthened by continually engaging the mind. Doing so can help you build new skills and knowledge that inspire and challenge you, and help you grow.
- Invest in continuing education courses
- Read books outside of your norm
- Become a podcast nerd
Occupational wellness is the ability to achieve a balance between work and leisure in a way that promotes health, a sense of personal satisfaction and is (for most people) financially rewarding.
- Connect with colleagues in another department or grade level
- Create a professional growth plan (not tied to work)
- Master your content knowledge and skills to accomplish goals
Spirituality is commonly viewed as a sense of purpose, direction, or meaning, without which, values can slip to the wayside, upending life’s balance. Many cultivate their spirituality through meditation, prayer, or other activities that foster a connection to nature or a higher power.
- Carve out a chunk of time daily to relax, meditate, or pray
- Keep a journal
- Identify your top three values and journal their importance. Use these values to keep you focused. They are also great for aligning tasks and cutting down unnecessary commitments
The foundation is critical to anything we try to build. Ensuring our wellness foundation is solid greatly impacts quality of life. Be fierce with this mission.