Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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Wellness Wednesday

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Wellness Wednesday
Cristina Varriale

Practicing wellness is an integral part of staying healthy, so I wanted to offer some tips for both students and adults during this time.

As we are all doing our best to adapt to the current health situation, I thought it would be a great time for us to talk about wellness.  This year any time PSHE fell on a Wednesday, I would take a break from the curriculum and instead facilitate a "Wellness Wednesday" activity.  Such activities included a guided meditation, writing a gratitude letter, taking a mindful walk outside, and even a dance party!  Practicing wellness is an integral part of staying healthy, so I wanted to offer some tips for both students and adults during this time.

1- SLEEP!  Sleep is our bodies' greatest defense against illness, and consistent, quality sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.  The recommended amount of sleep for adolescents in 8-10 hours per night; for adults it is 7-9 hours.  When I conducted a lesson on sleep in PSHE a few weeks ago, I found that most students were only getting 6 hours or less each night.  This is not only unhealthy, it is actually dangerous!  Please watch this Ted Talk for more information:

 

2- Nutrition: Another way to ensure that our bodies' immune system is working at it's greatest efficiency is to make sure we are providing proper fuel.  Drink plenty of water, eat lots of vegetables and fruits, and try to limit the amount of processed foods and sugar you are consuming.

3. Exercise: This school closure is a precaution and an effort to protect people from gathering in large crowds- it is NOT meant to be a 24 hour a day lock down!  It is important to go outside and get fresh air, as well as exercise.  As the weather continues to get nicer, walks, runs, and bike rides outdoors should be encouraged. Just remember to thoroughly wash hands when returning back indoors!

4. Hygiene: It is important to continue to practice excellent hygiene every day.  This includes taking a daily bath or shower, brushing your teeth twice a day, and washing your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds before and after you eat, after you use the toilet, after using public transport, or after returning indoors.  Here is a great video that was produced in Viet Nam about hand washing:

5. Mindfulness: Why not use this time to start a mindfulness and/or gratitude practice?  Just a few minutes a day can help alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety and can increase focus and positive mood.  I was able to get Seisen IS a subscription to Calm.com.  Why not try a daily calm meditation?  Here are the login details: username: cvarriale@seisen.com password: Wellness20

6. Connection: It is important that you all stay connected during this time of online learning.  Remember, humans need connection and according to Abraham Maslow cannot reach self-actualization without it.  When possible, meet up with a friend for a walk or a cup of coffee.  When that is not possible, use a platform like Google hangouts for chatting.  

I hope you find these tips helpful.  Please remember, I will continue to be available for counseling for anyone who is struggling with this disruption to routine, or for anyone who would just like to talk.  Appointments can be made at cvarriale.youcanbook.me, or you can email me.  Counseling sessions will be conducted via Google Hangouts or Zoom.  

Finally, I would like to continue offering weekly yoga sessions, and in fact, will begin to offer them twice a week.  I will hold the sessions on Fridays at 4pm, and starting next week, Wednesdays at 4pm, too.  I will put a link to the Zoom session on Managebac and you can join me from the comfort of your own home.  

Stay healthy, and I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

 

Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

Happy International Women's Day!

How many of you exist in an echo chamber?  How many of you are able to listen to a different, even dissenting perspective, without becoming defensive or taking it as a personal attack? What can you do to become more open-minded?

Wellness Wednesday

Practicing wellness is an integral part of staying healthy, so I wanted to offer some tips for both students and adults during this time.

Gossip

In times of uncertainty, it is most important to be aware of gossip and how information is being communicated.  We have seen an incredible amount of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak being circulated around the internet. 

Positive Discipline Tool of the Month: Mistakes

Children are incredibly aware of the world around them, and the messages they receive about mistakes- intentional or unintentional- are internalized. If we want our children to be gritty, resilient, risk-takers, we need to be teaching that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn. If we want our children to succeed, we need to teach them how to fail.  

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