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January 13, 2023

Nurture Each Other and Choose Downtime

The AFT provides staff with monthly health and wellness tips, and now they are sharing them with the Share My Lesson community too! January's issue offers ideas on healthy relationships and setting aside time for yourself.

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Nurture Each Other

Healthy relationships are crucial to emotional and physical health. Improving upon your relationships may be essential to quality of life. Humans are inherently social beings. The main purpose of relationships is to allow people to be connected to each other through affections, understanding, confidence and closeness, so that each gets support from the other to ease the burdens of life and to enhance the enjoyment of living. Having and keeping a healthy relationship with others requires the maturity to be in a healthy relationship with yourself.

Often, the first step to improve close relationships is to reflect upon and work on your own:

  • Sense of self-esteem. How you feel about yourself and confidence in your value as a human being.
  • Ability to set boundaries. Limits we set with other people based on what we find acceptable and unacceptable behavior towards us.
  • Sense of self. Knowing your unique identity as a person, accepting your entire self, including both the traits you’re proud of and those you would like to improve.
  • Self-care. Taking care of one’s own needs and wants.
  • Intimacy. Sharing and receiving reality without judgements.

These traits can take work to achieve. Understanding your own strengths and limitations and focusing on yourself first, can lead to breaking free from harmful relationships and learning to enhance the skills necessary to have satisfying relationships.

Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.
Katrina Kenison

Choose Downtime

Most of us have more to do in a day than we have time to do it. Convincing yourself to slow down and take a break to devote to your own relaxation can feel like wasting time, but it is not. We are constantly pulled outside ourselves by other people and demands of daily life. Carving out a little solitude time with no obligations can give you the emotional boost you need for inner growth and renewal. The harder we push, the more we also need time to replenish ourselves. You deserve to get a private moment or two to turn your attention inward.

  • Make a date with yourself. Not to get anything accomplished, but just to simply have fun or relax.
  • Mindful moments. Make the most of empty spaces in almost every day.
  • Get quiet. Take a walk or sit still in silence.

Recipe of the Month

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

1lb. chicken breasts
4 cups low-sodium, chicken broth
2 (14 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 sweet onion, diced
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. chili powder

Add all ingredients to a slow cooker, stir to combine, cook for 3-4 hours on high heat. Serve warm and garnish with fresh cilantro and diced avocado if desired.

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