13th Edition: Warm up exercises, the five-minute journal & prioritizing well being
Thanks for being here
Hey everyone, hope you’re having a wonder-full start to 2022 :)
I’m feeling much better post COVID.
Even though it sucker punched my Christmas & New Year’s plans, I was feeling optimistic about 2022—but then the Quebec government threw a curve ball.
They implemented another lockdown beginning New Year’s Eve.
They closed restaurants, banned us from going to other people’s homes, and imposed a 10pm curfew.
At times like these, I think back to this photo I took in 2016 of a skylight I must’ve walked under over a thousand times in university.
It reminds me it’s hard to be down when you’re looking up. 💫
I have a lot to look forward to in 2022, and I’m sure you do too.
Today I kicked off onboarding for the Maven Course Accelerator as Head TA, which I’m really excited about. It’ll be a learning trifecta working with the Maven team, the other TAs, and the creators building courses.
💌 Stay tuned for updates & tips on course building.
I’m also prioritizing my health and well-being this year. No more burning myself out.
I want to nourish my body, mind & soul with more yoga, meditation & exercise. And be better about setting and respecting boundaries.
Here’s the most serene photo I took in 2021 to help you pause and reflect on how you can do the same for yourself:
Now, here are three gems I want to share with you:
An experience to inspire: Warm up exercise
I promised you an experience.—Shaan Puri, Power Writing facilitator
I took two courses last year that started their workshops with a warm up exercise.
The facilitators helped everyone get “in the zone” through breathing exercises and simple stretches. They both had music playing throughout.
Not only does this get the blood flowing and make us more alert, but it also helps students transition from what they were previously doing.
🧘♀️ If your goal is to help students calm down & focus, try a warm up exercise.
A resource to consider: The five-minute journal
During a particularly challenging period of lockdown last January, a friend sent me The Five-Minute Journal to lift my spirits.
The daily prompts helped me quickly shift my perspective from scarcity to abundance. I now use it daily and have gifted it to family and friends.
This journal is designed to get you to elevate yourself, be happier, improve relationships, and shift your mind to a state of optimism.
We can only perform at our best, when we feel at our best. And there’s nothing like gratitude to make us feel our best.
A question to ponder: Prioritizing well being
💭 What’s one promise you’ll make to yourself to help nourish your well being this year?
Thanks for reading my *thirteenth* newsletter
My goal is to prompt reflection within this vibrant community of ours, so I’d love your feedback on how I can make future editions beneficial.
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Have a wonder-full week,