Generation Wellness Blog

Equipping students + staff with the tools to thrive in school + in life. We are the generation of wellness.

[RESOURCE] Let's Talk About It Webinar on 11.18.20

 

Do you remember the feeling you felt in May 2020 when the world watched George Floyd take his last breath?

Do you remember the discussions that followed?

Do you remember when we promised you that we wouldn't stop facilitating important discussion around equity, awareness, and social change, even when the media had stopped talking about it?

We are back and we hope you will join us tomorrow for the Fall 2020 LET'S TALK ABOUT IT.

Here is the link to register for the Zoom Call facilitated by Generation Wellness Trainer, RJay Barsh at November 18, 2020, 4pm PST:  www.generationwellness.com/lets-talk-about-it-registration

You are invited to ask an anonymous question after registering. The video above provides a few clips from the previous Let's Talk About It sessions. See you soon!

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The Annual Gratitude Apparel Sale is here!

 

It's that time of year again... The Annual Gratitude Apparel Sale is here! Why is all Generation Wellness apparel 20% off, you ask?

We could try to articulate our gratitude for you, but this year Alicia Keys said the words so beautifully in her song "Good Job":

"The mothers, the fathers, the teachers that reach us. Strangers to friends that show up in the end. From the bottom to the top, the listeners that hear us, this is for you, you make us fearless!"

Thank you for all the ways in which you show up for your students, staff, and your community. You matter. We love you. And now it's time to celebrate YOU!

Click here to start shopping now: https://www.generationwellness.shop/shop/apparel/2
Use the code: GRATITUDE

Sale ends November 8th, 2020

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[RESOURCE] Social/Emotional Learning Book List

We've created an SEL book list for you. These books help with teaching about the brain, mindfulness, connection, grief and many other topics. 

Click here to download the book list now

 

 

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[SPOTLIGHT] CA Head Start Equips 1,500+ Educators with Self-Care Resources

 

When Head Start centers closed in March, the staff were under an enormous amount of stress. They were now expected to work from home, which they had never done and they were also expected to teach children from home often times on a cellphone or an iPad.

California Head Start wanted to provide self-care strategies immediately to help ease the stress staff we're experiencing. Over 1,500 members participated in the Workplace Wellness Academy and staff were elated to find an easy to use resources that created a positive difference. One participant articulated, "I loved how this course made self-care simple and provided the empowerment and tools needed to affect positive change in my workplace. The entire course was amazing from the content to the handouts to the clear presentation!" 

Thank you for your dedication to staff wellness, Christine! You are a true Wellness Warrior!

Learn more about the Workplace Wellness Academy here.

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[TED Talk] Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

 

 

QUOTABLE: "What we need in education is a much better understanding of students and learning from a motivational and psychological perspective." - Angela Lee Duckworth

We invite you to watch this inspiring talk from Angela Lee Duckworth, an American academic, psychologist and popular science author who realized that IQ wasn't the thing separating the successful students from those who struggled.  She explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success. 

Source: https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance?language=en

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Staff Kick Off the School Year with Emotional Wellness

 

We would like to thank the 2,500 educators and all of the schools and organizations we had the opportunity of working with in August 2020. We know that this school year is different and we hope that you left our trainings feeling inspired and equipped with simple tools for a resilient school year. Thank you for everything you do!

Educators are the super heroes of our country and we know that you will always find a way to rise no matter the circumstances. This video provides a snippet of the back to school professional development virtual events. Keep shining!

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[RESOURCE] Empathy vs. Sympathy with Brene Brown


A great video to share with staff as we start a new school year filled with change, challenges, and the potential for transformation. Staff and students are stressed. Connection and empathy are going to be our super powers this school year.

[0:15] Empathy fuels connection.

[0:17] Sympathy drives disconnection

[0:30] 4 qualities of empathy

[1:00-2:30] Examples that show how empathy and sympathy are different.

Soul Pancake researched the effects of sympathy vs. empathy and on average people who received sympathy were less happy than people (happiness dropped by -6.71%) who received empathy (happiness increased by +6.92%). What is the different between sympathy and empathy? Empathy fuels connection while sympathy drives disconnection.

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[EXPERIMENT] Empathy in Action

This month’s experiment is about connecting with 1-3 people and sharpening our empathy super powers. What better time to do this than right now during so much uncertainty, stress, and grief with the pandemic? Everyone is facing some type of battle and connection is the key.

“Empathy is a way to connect to the emotion another person is experiencing; it doesn’t require that we have experienced the same situation they are going through.” -Brene Brown

Empathy is not trying to fix the problem or share your story, rather it’s about listening for understanding, validating emotions, and expressing words, body language, and tone that create a sense of “feeling felt”.

[EXPERIMENT] The invitation is to reach out to 1-3 people and connect with them. Maybe ask about their “rose” and “thorn” or “high” and “low” during this pandemic. Practice empathizing vs. sympathizing to increase feeling seen, heard,...

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[SPOTLIGHT] Tumwater School District: Staying Well During A Pandemic

 

While all of us are familiar with the recommendations to stay physically healthy - wash your hands, cover your cough, practice social distancing, sanitize high-touch areas - Tumwater School District quickly realized that we also need to tend to the social/emotional health needs of our staff, students and their families. Being hurled into completely unknown territory - some dealing with the stresses of a lost job, sick loved ones, anxiety, and more - Tumwater School District quickly partnered with Lyndsay Morris, Founder of Generation Wellness and BHHS alumni, to address these important aspects.

TSD has committed to staff, student and community wellness by utilizing a phase-in system to provide ongoing resources, utilizing grant funds, as they endure the challenges of the pandemic:

Phase 1: Staff Wellness 

Learn more about the Workplace Wellness Academy here.

Phase 2: Family Wellness

Learn more about the Family Wellness Toolkit here.

Phase 3: School...

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[TED Talk] Why Aren't We Teaching You Mindfulness?

QUOTABLE: "Childhood self-control predicts physical health, personal wealth and public safety. Self-control is more important than intelligence and social class."

This TED Talk walks through the benefits of teaching mindfulness to our students and challenges the idea of why we don't do it more often. Our focus is often on the test scores, the quality of a paper, or the ability to spell properly. The skills underneath all of those standards can be achieved through mindfulness.  Mindfulness is the foundation of all learning, it is teaching others how to pay attention, focus, attain to a task, and retain information. In turn, these skills will help students accomplish those academic tasks, and become more successful adults.


SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yJPcdiLEkI

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