27 September 2019

Counselor’s Corner: Self-Care September

Published by Stamford American School Hong Kong
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“Wellness is attained little by little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself” -Zeno of Citium 

Well-being is defined as a state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. It includes feeling socially connected and experiencing a sense of meaning and purpose.

September 27th marks our first annual Global Be Well Day! We are so excited to have a whole day to celebrate, practice, and learn more about this important topic. Beginning a new school year offers the chance to create new routines and focus on cultivating well being all year. Below are some ideas for ways to incorporate new wellness routines and activities. We also included an action calendar if you would like an extra challenge! 

#1 Try New Things - Humans are creatures of habit and it’s easy to get stuck in the same routines. However, research shows that getting out of our comfort zones by gaining new experiences or trying a new hobby increases happiness and wellbeing. 

#2 Eat Well and Exercise - Improving the functioning of your body through healthy eating and good exercise habits lead to increased physical well-being and thus overall well-being. Pay attention to your body and what it needs to feel good. 

#3 Show Gratitude - Practicing gratitude is scientifically proven to improve physical and psychological health. Studies also show that grateful people show more empathy and even sleep better! 

#4 Get Connected -People are inherently social creatures that thrive in social groups. Connect with an old friend or join a club/social organization where you can meet new friends. Mental health benefits of friendships include reduced levels of stress, improved self-worth, and increased levels of happiness.

#5 Take Care of Yourself - Set aside time for yourself to recharge or do something you enjoy. Read a book, practice mindfulness, get into nature. Figure out what helps you relax and make time for it! 

 

Image: Self-care September Calendar from Action For Happiness

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