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Weekly wellbeing links

This is it for the wellbeing links this year, and I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to connect with you on this vast topic.

“I can tell you with authority that when I’m exhausted, when I’m running on empty, I’m the worst version of myself,” says Ariana Huffington.

One area we haven’t really explored is the “oxygen mask” metaphor. We absolutely need to look after our own wellbeing and trust, even if it feels selfish. It will resonate in a positive way for the other important people in our life. If you don’t believe me, read this excerpt from Dr. Christine Carter’s book, Raising Happiness.

This week is dedicated to all of you awesome parents.

What better time than the summer — when possibly the kids are benefitting from experiences like camp, a little more sleep, or simply enjoying a more relaxed schedule — for you to purposefully rejuvenate, recoup, re-ignite or relax?

Meditate with your morning coffee, tea or water with lemon. Read this article by one of our world leaders in positive education to get mindfully inspired: Mindful Parent, Mindful Child.

Eat well. Try some new recipes and “procrastibake.” Here are a couple of places for inspiration: Oh She Glows and Food52.

Give yourself time. Choose a book from Bill Gates’ list, or maybe from these summer reading suggestions. Check out this book, recently recommended by a UCC parent and friend: Educated, a memoir, by Tara Westover.

Sleep. Nap. Sleep some more.

Maybe learn a little. Here’s the link to Yale University’s free online course, The Science of Wellbeing. Every week has a “re-wirement” assignment that’s proven to increase your wellbeing.

Exercise. Exercise in nature. Swim. Do yoga so you can exercise and meditate at the same time. Walk and notice what you see and hear.

Be social. Give time and energy to the relationships that matter in your life. To end where we began this fall, here’s an article that summarizes the findings of the more than 70 year study out of Harvard University that proves “the powerful correlation between the warmth of your relationships and your health and happiness.”

Relationships includes your relationship with yourself and practicing self-care.

Your kids absolutely need time for unstructured play. So do you.

Wishing you some, or all, of the above for a little summer loving. Be well.

With much gratitude,
Laurie Fraser
lfraser@ucc.on.ca