Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Spreading Wellness: What have you learned from your children (or students) lately?

A weekend full of buzz and excitement, the little one was full of energy and ready to start the day dancing at 5:00 in the morning.  She was enthusiastically waiting for her family fitness class, but after she dressed for the day she came down with confusion on her face.  "Do I really have to be a witch for Halloween?  Can we go to Boo at the Zoo?  I want to be a Princess instead."  Among all of the excitement for the upcoming day, she was worried about Halloween, still over a month away.  We had a small brainstorm about her costume, and then, she relaxed.  She was bummed that there were already plans for the day of Boo at the Zoo, but she was happy and content with her princess costume.  She was ready to move on, and excited to put on her running shoes for the family fitness class with Dad.

How easily it is for children to live in the moment, to us, what seems like such a little challenge, a witch or a princess, is such a big deal to children.  But, the speed of recovery from their "struggles" in life, is such a lesson to us adults.  If only we could problem solve so quickly, and be ready to enjoy the moments we have planned for the present.  Have you ever found yourself worrying about something, when you were supposed to be having fun?  Something that in years to come, you will look back upon and wonder why you wasted so much precious time and energy worrying about?  Our problems do seem much larger than witches and princesses, and in all reality, quite possibly are, but what we can really learn from the children, is their process of recovery and living in the present.

Know that if you currently find yourself wondering how to make it through challenges in your life, there are resources for you.  We at Well U are committed to helping you with your wellness, and we also want to remind you that we have a very holistic EAP Program here at the College of St. Scholastica.  Our Employee Assistance Program can help you with any and all of our 7 wellness areas (Emotional, Financial, Spiritual, Environmental, Physical, Intellectual and Social).  They offer assistance with creating wills, pets, adoption, legal information, and much more.  I encourage you to check it out.  The information and services are available to all benefit eligible employees by logging into your CSS account, and looking at our benefits summary.

Remember that you are not alone.  We all carry challenges with us, and need to seek help at different times in our lives, for different reasons.  Our help may come from the EAP program, or from lessons we learn from our children or students, if we only listen.  Have you ever truly listened to your children or students, and heard their stories about how they overcame adversity?  If not, I urge you to slow down and listen to the little life lessons from those around you.  Maybe you will emerge a prince or princess too!