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Wellness Tips from Colleagues

Tyrone asked the members of the Board of Trustees to send in their wellness tips. We got some great responses!

Take at least thirty minutes each day just for you to enjoy being you. Take a walk, read a book for fun, go to a workout class, take a bubble bath, meditate, or even simply sit quietly. Just be sure that the time is absolutely and completely in service of you. 
My book recommendations are:
Circe, by Madeline Miller 
Dear Girls, by Ali Wong 

Here’s my tip:  When life gets too hectic, take a cue from a sloth and SLOW DOWN!

Early on in the pandemic, I got the great advice to pay attention to my transitions at the beginning and end of the day. One of the things that totally threw me–and all of us–from suddenly pivoting to full time work from home was missing my commute, which helped to transition my mind from “home” to “work” and vice-versa. So I started building in parts of my day to substitute for those missing transition. Over the past few months, my intentional routines have become habits and I plan to keep them in my life, even as we move back to a more hybrid lifestyle.

My transitions aren’t really big things: making sure that I wake up at the same time every day, adding an element of movement in the morning (taking a quick walk, going to the gym, or doing a full cycle of surya-namaskar) (that was a hard one to add!), making sure I’m caffeinated, and only then checking my email. Before adding in these things to my morning “transition,” I had gotten in the bad habit of staying locked to my email and allowing work to bleed into almost every waking hour of the day. This separation, even if only in my mind, has really helped keep me sane this past year as I have acclimated to pandemic life!

Here is my wellness tip — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I’ve found myself at home much more than before. So, I’ve found that the ability to exercise at home has been more valuable than ever! Enter https://www.fitnessblender.com/. This website features many free workout videos (also available on YouTube) that can be done with minimal or no equipment. I highly recommend!

5 quick tips for meditating at your desk or before a court appearance:
Before we begin, let’s get something straight: Meditation is not the whole yoga pants aesthetic. Meditation is the observation of thought and grounding in the present, without judgment. Without further ado, here we go:

  1. Recognize that your thoughts are running away from you. Self-awareness is power. 
  2. Get in a comfortable position, whether it is standing or sitting. Feel your feet on the ground and keep your hands in a rested position. 
  3. Take three deep breaths. Take notice of the air in your lungs and the thoughts that appear in your mind.
  4. Ask yourself: can you now look at your thoughts and feelings, instead of from them?
  5. Take as much time as you need in the space until you feel like you have clarity of your thoughts and feelings. Now take on the day!