Generation Wellness Blog

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

[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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[SPOTLIGHT] 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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[VIDEO] At One School, No One Eats Alone

A high school senior started a unique club called We Dine Together to make sure no one in his school sits alone at lunch. As Steve Hartman reports, the message is to make outsiders always feel accepted.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdDa2outstI&feature=youtu.be

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[NBC NEWS] Skateboarding Principal Takes New Approach to Motivate Students

"I've never met a kid who can't learn, poverty is not a learning disability."

Aren't skateboards off limits at schools? Not for this principal! Hamish Brewer is not your typical principal. He says that he spends the majority of his day out in the hallways, sends a loving message over the morning announcements every morning and has a school wide motto of 'Be Relentless'.

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