These trainings are a mix of facilitated interaction, brain science facts, and team-building. They are fine for an individual to learn from, and excellent for a team to digest and debrief together.
We also have a menu of trainings available at www.nonprofitwellness.org -- check them out.
We go over 15 mostly-science-backed Immune Boosters you should consider adopting. Restore your body to #resist coronavirus (and this administration). Download the summary at the "links" page above.
We can lead your team through a "Take Five" curriculum focused on brain breaks (neural challenges, mindfulness practices, and playful memories) or on body breaks (quick yoga, workout or kid-friendly physical ideas). Our training team includes personal training, yoga, mindfulness, PIlates, HIIT and other expertise.
Mindfulness is simply the non-judgemental awareness of the present moment. It doesn't have to only focus on the breath...you can practice mindful music listening, walking, cooking, eating and workouts. In this session, we practice five different mindfulness techniques for a well-rounded overview, and peaceful interlude to any day.
Teams need to re-set periodically. Learning about habit change at these times, and discussing wellness shifts with each other can build a trusting culture quickly and meaningfully. Online-friendly.
Teams also need a defined vocabulary to discuss their tendencies alone and together. We find Gretchen Rubin's "The Four Tendencies" a great framework for discussing how we react to internal and external expectations. Which is, of course, linked to wellness (self-care and team-care).
We are bad at taking care of ourselves, but pretty good at taking care of others. A Wellness Committee at your workplace or school will improve culture as well as your team's healthy practices. We work with adult staff (rather than students or constituents). Whatever healthy practices they choose can decrease staff turnover and sick days, with positive, team-focused investments.
You might already have a health-focused committee, or maybe you're building one from scratch in the post-covid era. We can advise your team or your leader(s) on how to proceed, based on your budget and what we've seen work at similar schools/organizations. Let's take care of the care takers.
We have a five person staff and I shared many of the highlights from the first three weeks at our staff meeting today. They love it. Thank you so much for providing this series. It’s outstanding. (KW, Michigan)
Susan loves arm extensions as a quick, physical break. Here, she teaches an easy, medium and difficult variation to bring more blood to your brain and body for days when you are sitting too much (which is to say, most days).
Wellness is a multivitamin for empathy, productivity, and trust.
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. ... Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
― Edward Abbey