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My family spent a few days at a cottage during the break. Upon arrival, I walked onto the lake and looked at the trees surrounding me. And I quickly felt peace. Peace I did not realize I needed … until that moment. I took a breath and realized that for ME; nature heals.
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At the outset of COVID we partnered with the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club to provide nine topics of mental health resources for young athletes in Manitoba. After the first nine were completed we felt there was more to say, so we continued with 11 more subject areas to create a toolkit of 20 mental health concepts to support young athletes. The entire package can be viewed below. Please note that the remaining topics will be added as they are finalized.
#1 – Breathe
#2 – ABC’s of Focus
#3 – Mindfulness
#4 – Mental Health Meter
#5 – Process Goals
#6 – Imagery
#11 – Recovery is Key
#12 – Be Kind to Yourself
#13 – Make Stress Your Friend
#15 – Processing Loss
#16 – Re-entry
#18 – Life is Messy
#19 – Scouting Report
#20 – Your Legacy
View Mindful Monday for July 20, 2020 here.
Toogood Consulting has partnered with Johnston Group to provide support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving forward we will be sharing one short email a week that highlights either mental health resources and tools or shared experiences (quirky, funny, heartwarming, scary, etc.) related to our current reality. Mindful Monday for June 1, 2020 can be viewed here.
Toogood Consulting has partnered with Johnston Group to provide support to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Twice a week we will be sharing short emails that highlight mental health resources and tools (Mindful Mondays) and another aimed at sharing experiences (quirky, funny, heartwarming, scary, etc.) related to our current reality (Thriving Thursdays).
Recently Dr. Leslie Toogood sat down with Matt Johnston and recorded an episode of the Human Assignment podcast. Adrienne and Matt talked about the work Adrienne does with athletes and other high performers. They discussed, among other topics, the importance of developing trust and self-awareness so that one can develop their own practices that support well-being and performance. Listen to the Podcast here
In 2016 a University of Manitoba graduate student examined the impact of passion on the performance and lives of elite coaches. While rooted in sport, the findings of the study lend insight into the requirements we all need to be successful and well. The study demonstrated that self-care, or the ability of individuals to recover each day, was key to them being able to bring their best selves to their professional and personal lives. This finding is not unique to coaches or to sport. In order to achieve sustained wellness, it is important to find ways to recover by engaging in self-care. This can be tough under normal conditions. It can feel impossible under the current circumstances when our lives are very different than what we are used to.
This short article will help you understand why your body needs recovery and provide tangible examples of simple ways self-care can be wound into your day. During this strange and uncharted time, it may be helpful to think about self-care in terms of sustaining ourselves, so we can be well and then we can help those around us be well too. We all know we need to take care of ourselves but making room in our lives to do that sometimes feels very tough to do. Remember, we all struggle with self-care and it can be more difficult to do under periods of duress and challenge. Self-care is like riding a bike, inevitably we will fall off, the important thing is to keep getting up and getting back on the bike. The article will help you do just that.