August is National Wellness Month. While every day should be wellness day, more often than not, we get caught up in our busy lives and wellness can take a back seat. This is especially true for students and parents during the school year.
As part of IUSD’s Speak Up, We Care initiative, the District has developed the following wellness tips* that may be helpful for students and families.
- With the start of school, schedules tend to fill up fast. On a calendar, block time by hour to see your child’s daily schedule. This will help both of you understand how he or she is spending their day, including school, homework, family time, extra-curricular activities and sleep. Together, you can identify and develop strategies for a balanced schedule.
- Look up resources related to the importance of breathing exercises for stress relief and share practices and tips with your student as you feel appropriate.
- Consider downloading the free version of the Calm app or other similar apps to guide you with relaxation techniques.
- Connect with friends, family, and community through fun activities.
- As a parent, it is also important to remember to take care of yourself, so that you can model self-care for your child. Remember the importance of sleep, a healthy diet and exercise.
- Try one of these five mindful practices with your family:
o Go for a walk or exercise together
o Unplug from electronics and read a book
o Pick-up a notebook and free write
o Enjoy family time – game nights, cooking together or family movie nights are a great way to take a break together
o Find time to have a conversation about their day, while limiting distractions.
- Consider enjoying the many amenities and parks Irvine has to offer.
These tips should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment from your doctor or mental health professionals.