Wellness Strategies

School community wellness improves by incorporating a variety of strategies into the culture of the school, include some kind of meditative practice, mindfulness and developing resilience and mindset.

There are many research based reasons to make the general wellness of the school community a priority. Meditative practices such as mindfulness, yoga, meditation and Pilates are all proven to improve a person’s general wellness.

Students who develop social emotional skills and strong social support, have improved academic outcomes as well as better classroom behaviour. They are more likely to graduate from high school attend university, have strong relationships and be goal oriented. Additionally, they have a better chance of understanding and using proven stress coping strategies leading to stronger academic performance, decreased stress and greater life balance.

When teachers practice general wellness strategies and focus on their physical and emotional health, their productivity increases, and their general mood improves. Finding ways to incorporate these practices into your school culture is imperative if a school community is going to work toward improving school community wellness.

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How can we reach beyond the academics and build strong, resilient and successful students?

Mindfulness meditation made easy: From the Harvard Gazette, With mindfulness, life's in the moment

  • Settle in

    Find a quiet space. Using a cushion or chair, sit up straight but not stiff; allow your head and shoulders to rest comfortably; place your hands on the tops of your legs with upper arms at your side.

  • Now breathe

    Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax. Feel the fall and rise of your chest and the expansion and contraction of your belly. With each breath notice the coolness as it enters and the warmth as it exits. Don't control the breath but follow its natural flow.

  • Stay focused

    Thoughts will try to pull your attention away from the breath. Notice them, but don't pass judgment. Gently return your focus to your breath. Some people count their breaths as a way to stay focused.

  • Take 10

    A daily practice will provide the most benefits. It can be 10 minutes per day, however, 20 minutes twice a day is often recommended for maximum benefit.

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