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Wellness at Work: Three Ways to Support School Employees

by Matthew Mitschke Alberta Health Services | May 21 2020

Since mid-March, we’ve experienced some pretty significant changes to our social and physical work environments. While many teachers and staff are now supporting student learning from home, we know there are plenty of others—from teachers and school administrators to maintenance staff—leading the way from school sites and buildings that are mostly empty. There’s no doubt that these changes…»

Open Your Mind Up To Intellectual Wellness and Exercise Your Brain

by Anita Rao ASEBP | May 7 2020

Part of achieving a healthy, functional and meaningful life is working to nourish your mind. Intellectual wellness is our ability to open up to new experiences, practice critical thinking and learn new skills. Our intellectual wellness is driven by our curiosity, which motivates us to experience new things and better understand ourselves, others and the world around us. Think of intellectual wellness…»

Hats Off to You!

by Mary Jo Liew ASEBP | April 23 2020

Taking care of children while working during COVID-19 It is easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening in the world right now. Our daily lives have been turned upside down, we are missing our friends, families, and coworkers as we continue to self-isolate. Living in close quarters with our immediate family twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week is bound to give anyone a bit of cabin fever.…»

Staying Healthy and Connected in a Socially Distanced World—Round 2

by Jazmin Bonizzoni Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund | April 16 2020

With many of us now working from home, I think it’s safe to say that some of us may be struggling to adapt to this new normal. While introverts may be rejoicing at the opportunity to retreat to their home offices, that may not be the case for everyone. During this time of social distancing, you might find yourself asking: how can we stay connected with others and remain effective in our roles when…»

When Life Hands You Lemons

by Mary Jo Liew ASEBP | April 2 2020

How to create balance when working in times of physical distancing. Feeling like your world has been turned upside down? What do you do when you feel like you have been overstocked with baskets upon baskets of, not toilet paper, but lemons? Well…you make lemonade of course, or perhaps lemon cake, or lemon pie! With the recent challenge of social distancing, we must find a new way to embrace how…»

Coping in Complex Times: The Certainty in Uncertainty

by Anita Rao ASEBP | March 26 2020

If we could look into a crystal ball and see our future, we would most likely wake up each day feeling confident because we know what to expect each day. How great would that be? However, we can only make predictions and educated guesses, plan accordingly, and react. Because we are all so unique, some of us are better equipped to handle uncertainty, while some of us may need more support, and that…»

Shaping the Future 2020: Recapped

by Kayli McClelland Ever Active Schools | February 20 2020

WE SAY IT EVERY YEAR, BUT THIS MAY VERY WELL HAVE BEEN THE BEST SHAPING THE FUTURE YET.  All-day Wednesday and on Thursday morning, the most eager delegates attended pre-conference sessions. Some became certified Field Leaders with the Outdoor Council of Canada. Some learned inclusive teaching practices. Some contributed to re-defining recess to suit modern education and the needs of all students.…»

Resolving to Reflect This New Year

by Genevieve Montemurro University of Alberta SIRCLE Lab | January 16 2020

For many people, New Year’s resolutions are an annual tradition. After holiday celebrations and some much-needed down time, many of us turn to the new year as an opening for growth and self-improvement. Usually, we know the areas where change is needed, but sometimes asking hard questions helps us identify those areas we just can’t see. And while we all know that setting goals for personal wellness…»

Taking it to the Top (of 2019)

by The Sandbox Staff | December 19 2019

During the last few weeks of December, it’s only natural to start reflecting on the year that was. It’s also prime time for annual ‘Top 10’ lists—recalling everything from top songs of the year to top news stories. So, we figured we’d join the trend and tackle The Sandbox’s top workplace wellness topics of 2019! What are they, you ask? Drum roll, please… Top Blogs Those Who Team Together—Thrive…»

Staff Wellness in Complex Times

by Lorna Muise Alberta Health Services | December 12 2019

Connection really does go a long way. Did you know that school culture improves when staff members are cohesive and collaborative? Employees are more effective when they’re part of a team that’s connected and strong. With so many uncertainties and changes looming over us, we need to double down our efforts to ensure that we—and those around us—stay well. With this in mind, I’m inspired by…»