Wellness

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Mary Siah Community Center, Pool, Spa, Sauna, and Gym: https://fairbanksak.myrec.com/info/facilities/details.aspx?FacilityID=14698

As you take that long walk up to campus, watch the sunrise or the sunset (bonus: the time always changes so you have a new experience each day).

Lifelong Learning for Older Adults: https://www.uaf.edu/olli/

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  • Eat lunch...take a break...seriously!
  • Chicken puppet highly recommended: speak as the puppet when you are having a bad day. There should be a departmental budget for chicken puppets (oops...the author’s bias is coming out again)!

 Tell your favorite person in the office: “Don’t count your eggs until they are hatched...Don’t put all your eggs in one basket...I hate winter; I always feel cooped up...Quiet! I am hatching a plan...Ignore them. They are the ones who like to ruffle up our feathers.”

 

Chicken Puppet

  • UAF Community Mental Health Clinic Resource List: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14qml7BWD3_pI7z1sk5SVTs0ozFod94-8
  • Careline Number is 877-266-4357: https://www.facebook.com/carelinealaska/
  • Take your Vitamin D, Vitamin Bs, daily multivitamin, Vitamin C and anything else your doctor recommends!
  • “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” - Buddha (great mantra during the solstices).
  • Connect with family and friends.
  • Sing a motivating song:
  • Eat one meal a day with your family or friends
  • Read the comics in the paper
  • Daydream
  • Mindmap your mood 
  • Eat healthy foods: avoid being HANGRY (angry because you are hungry) and HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired cause bad habits to start-up again).
  • No need to judge yourself. Avoid all-or-nothing thinking.
  • Take it easy. Five minutes of any self-care is better than nothing.
  • Mistakes happen. Example: If you forget your kiddo’s birthday, be sure to make it up as soon as possible. They won’t forget and they will bring it up every year, but one day it will be one your best memories...when is his birthday again?
  • Use humor. It is fun to laugh together!
  • Incorporate your family and friends: ride bicycles together, walk together, ice-skate together, swim together...you get the idea.
  • Consider wholeness: notice the systems of your being and how they come together and function: eat chocolate, get sick, gain a few pounds, feel horrible...halt the pattern.
  • Sometimes focusing on physical wellness will lead to social and emotional well-being. For example, as you become a “regular” gym member the front desk staff, lifeguards, and other community members begin to think of you as part of their community. Potlucks and holiday events center around specific gym courses, but all members are invited!