May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We're offering a series of free and donation-based online trainings including mindfulness, stress management, scarf juggling and earthalope-making! All the deets are on our sister site: www.nonprofitwellness.org
You want your staff to bring their fullest selves to work, even if they're working from home.
Investing in wellness repays twice: It immediately gives people skills to do their self-care better, and bring their most resilient selves to work. Great.
Investing in wellness also builds your team's culture; people feel supported. They can take care of themselves and each other better. We call that team-care, not just self-care.
Wellness is a multivitamin for productivity & trust.
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.
Tyecia and Gabby, both fitness professionals, have dozens of tips to get you started on your next exercise adventure. Even if you're under quarantine, and/or your body is out of shape.
This popular mental health curriculum brings recent brain science into our bodies and gives us a tool for immediate and long-term self-medication. Download the Personal Stress Prescription at "Links" on this site.
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. We also recommend Headspace (which offers free subscriptions to teachers!).
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.
Wellness Equity is the concept that those who suffer the most stress should receive more wellness resources. The Stressor Scorecard is a way to measure and discuss that, safely, as a team. In this webinar, we go over microaggressions, intersectionality and how to use the Stressor Scorecard with a team.
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).
You might already have a health-focused committee, or 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, especially those with world-changing staff.
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)
Webinar or Meeting platforms can host any of these Comfort Talks. Donate a talk to your favorite group, and let them pick the time and topic! (PAYPAL LINK BELOW)
Boosting Your Immunity, Take Five: Body breaks
Neuroscience of stress & self prescriptions, Take Five: brain breaks, Staying Mindful in Stressful Times (in Spanish or English)
Building a wellness brigade, Team Re-set: healthy habit changes, Team Tendencies, Wellness Equity & the Stressor Scorecard
Check out our NonprofitWellness.org site for team offerings for school Professional Developments, which start at $500 for basic trainings.
Our training team includes former teachers who are now fitness professionals, so we love working with schools and especially school-based Wellness Committees.
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Now you can "gift" a Comfort Consulting talk to your favorite school, nonprofit group, or even to your own office. We'll contact the recipient with the news that the talk has been paid for; they choose topic and schedule. Check the "Talks" tab for more info about topic options.
“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
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 visible, positive team-focused investments.
Lots of teams bond over food so it's natural to learn more about nutrition and food together. This can go in many directions, toward healthier eating, inclusivity to special diets, education on food allergies, nutrition coaching and possibly new workplace food choices/activities. We refer or sub-contract local coaches and nutritionists for these workshops.
Many wellness committees decide on mindfulness or yoga training. Both practices are linked to stronger focus, greater mind-body awareness, increased calm and contentment. We refer or sub-contract certified providers for one-time or regular training workshops. These practices can also be internally-organized and YouTube-supported once our training team opens up your office conversation.