Are you feeling the struggle each day to keep your head above water?
Many educators are teaching both remotely and in person, with a large number educating and caring for their own children at the same time. It’s a dance that seems unsustainable, brilliantly portrayed in this cartoon.
This year is more of a marathon than a sprint, because most likely these challenges will continue throughout the year. While we have little control over external factors, we can create habits to help us manage this school year with less stress. During our MoveMindfully® Foundation Training, we will take the time to acknowledge how many of us are feeling on the inside and lay the groundwork for success during this unprecedented year.
Create New Mental Patterns
Positive self talk can be incredibly helpful for stress management throughout the day. In our MoveMindfully Foundation training, we work to create new mental patterns by using intention setting and affirmative language. By weaving these in throughout the day, we can better manage our stress, even amongst chaos. Ultimately, when these mental exercises are used consistently throughout the day, we decrease stress. Using simple strategies like these can have an impact on our overall stress level, making it easier to get a restful night’s sleep.
It is easy to read a blog post with “tips for stress management”. The real magic comes from allowing yourself time to experience and explore suggested practices. The reality is, each strategy will resonate differently with each individual. The secret is figuring out what resonates with your own body, mind, and heart. Find what you like. Do it often. We will practice with hands on tools that make using our Breathe, Move, and Rest strategies super simple. Also, after modeling, practice, and discussion, we integrate opportunities for self reflection and journaling.
Connect with Community
While we are physically distanced, staying socially connected is now more important than ever. Within the Zoom platform, our participants will break into small groups. During this time, small group facilitators help guide conversations around implementing and creating practices to fit the individual needs of youth and adults. There will be opportunities to share our experiences with each other and move towards our individualized plan. Seeing others also doing this work can help us feel connected and remind us that we will come out of this okay.
Not only will participants connect with others over zoom, but because participants are in the comfort of their own home, there will be opportunities to connect with family members. During the experiential portion of the training, we will encourage children, partners, and even pets to join the practice! What a great way to be a model for self-regulation strategies!
Foundation Training can be a powerful tool for teams of coworkers. After this experience, teams can agree to create digital or classroom resources that will support these strategies. Knowing that there is support in the community helps to affirm commitment, even when challenges arise. End the day with a personalized plan for self care in your workplace and homelife.
Join us for MoveMindfully Foundation Training and give yourself the time to create inner resources. Scholarships and funding opportunities available.
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