What is social wellness? It is about nurturing ourselves, others and our relationships. Social wellness consists of not only balancing our own physical, mental, and emotional health, but also actively participating as an interdependent piece of the bigger puzzle. As facilitators we are not only responsible to care for our personal connections, we also care about the greater good of society, including our communities and the environment. A larger part of them are our pupils.
We may openly communicate the needs, feelings, and thoughts of the learners to trust us and actively listen with empathy when they share with us. It involves engaging in and enjoying positive interactions with them while learning to make it leisure. Building and maintaining meaningful friendships and connections for them to propagate it further in their other spheres of life.
To cultivate social wellness the following habits are inevitable. We as facilitators must practice it before we preach.
*We should practice self care.
*We should introspect and get to know ourselves, knowing who you are, who you want to be helps —identify your needs, preferences and values and communicate them to the people around you.
*We should take responsibility for both the good and the bad and not push the blame on others.
*We should maintain friendships with individuals who respect, love, and accept us for who we are.
*We should appreciate ourselves and others.
“Lead by example. Practice what you preach or don’t preach at all. Walk the talk. Learners watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Inspire, challenge, and encourage them to do their best by doing YOUR best!” —- Unknown
The pandemic has given us enough reason to create an environment where every individual (teachers, pupils, parents) contributed in their own way. They kept a message that one must cherish – mutual relationships, empathy, belonging, hard work, kindness, respect and taking care of health, a healthy lifestyle, and nutrition.
Online learning had the greatest impact on the quality of the learning experience and students’ mental as well as physical health. A physically active lifestyle is the need of the hour. We as facilitators must imbibe in the learners the importance of physical activities along with a healthy diet to have sustainable growth both mentally and physically. It is our responsibility as social beings to contribute to sustained social wellness. We must inculcate the habit of a healthy lifestyle which includes taking care of one’s health by indulging in physical activities, mental awareness, and a well-nourished diet.
Finally, I would like to conclude that the purpose of this mutual collaboration and helping one another is to encourage social wellness and a healthy way of life because social wellness is more vitally important to our overall health.
Healthy Mind. Healthy Body. Healthy Life.
Nature, nature everywhere,
Trees and flowers here and there Vines and creepers all around
Leaves are falling on the ground
I hear crunches when I walk
Leaves have fallen across the block I talk to nature, she hears me
She responds through a tree
Its leaves rustle, Its branches sway She is passing on day-by-day
Don’t chop the trees, don’t pluck the leaves It’s nature that we need to see
Take a breath and smell the rose A sweet aroma you get up your nose This is nature all around
We mustn’t lose it, it's our standing ground
- By Avika Pushpa S-Grade 5
Our Animal friends
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals, cannot be a good man”
Wow! what a wonderful quote. I am sure, all ardent animal lovers will agree with me. Animals lovers are the best people to be around because no one else understands care and compassion better than them. Don’t we just love to be with our pet friends after returning from school or work? The relation that you develop with an animal is lifelong and firm. Animals respond back with all their love and affection and will always protect us. Adopting or taking a pet requires a lot of patience and love. It takes some time to build a trusting relationship but once this bond is formed, nothing can stop or change this friendship which only deepens with time. If there is one thing animals teach us is unconditional, selfless love. They comfort us and wait for us for hours when we are gone for some time.
Whether the animal is a dog or cat or guinea pig, caring for them has a magical impact. Children should be encouraged to be kind and compassionate towards animals. Kids naturally are attracted to animals. They have a desire to care for them. This not only benefits the animals but also builds character and helps our children develop into empathetic human beings. So let us make a promise to always be kind and compassionate to our animal friends. Let us understand them.
“Lots of people talk to animals, not very many listen though, that is the problem.