Promoting Health and Wellness with Community
I don’t know about you, but my stress level has been at an all-time high. Between the stress of the presidential election and the hope that we can find a path forward together, two kids (kindergarten and second grade) doing virtual school with no real plan for returning to in-person learning in sight (while I try to juggle full-time work), and the colder winter months approaching and limiting physically distant outdoor activity options, I’ve neared my breaking point from time to time.
And my husband is experiencing a similar stress, if not more so, as he teaches 12th-grade English fully virtual. He’s working around the clock, it seems, doing double if not triple the amount of work he would do in a normal year, all with a new prep, and going through a summative three-year evaluation cycle, virtually.
And I know he’s not alone. Just reading the hundreds of discussions in our distance learning community posting about the current school structure and challenges you are facing, we know that this school year has taken a toll on educators across the country.
A New Health and Wellness Community for Share My Lesson Members
That’s why we are launching a new Health and Wellness Community and series. Over the course of the next several weeks, we are bringing fitness instructors, social-emotional and mental health leaders, and nutritionists together so we can collectively workout and de-stress our bodies and our minds.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, we will kick off our series with the return of an SML member favorite, Dr. Marc Brackett, who will give you research-based strategies to find calm in chaotic times. Following that, join AFT member Glenda Macal, who will lead us in live virtual Zumba. Later in the week, we’ll meet again to focus on nutrition and then do a virtual screening followed by a panel focusing on a new documentary, “A Trusted Space.” This film documents the stresses educators are facing during COVID-19 and provides strategies on how to redirect stress and grief into growth.
On Thursday, Nov. 19, we’ll meet again to focus on nutrition and then do a virtual screening followed by a panel focusing on a new documentary, “A Trusted Space.” This film documents the stresses educators are facing during COVID-19 and provides strategies on how to redirect stress and grief into growth.
As a bonus, when you sign up for the wellness series, you can enter for a chance to win one of three Apple 6 watches to help you with your future health and wellness goals!
Looking forward to having you join us next week. I’ll be participating—with my camera on, ready to have some fun (and hopefully improve my exercise coordination!), doing Zumba right along with you.