Strategies for Spiritual Self-Care
Navigating in our world today continues to be a challenge for our students and their families. It is so important to get rid of that negative, stale energy and tap into some inner peace and help our kids in nurturing their spiritual self-care practices. We are all created in the image of God- body, mind, and soul. We are spiritual beings, and our hearts and souls need nurtured just as much as our minds and bodies need nurtured.
In support of Social Emotional and Behavioral Mental Health, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies recently released a website to help Iowa schools address the mental health and well-being of students and staff. Under their self-care tab they define spiritual self-care – as connecting with essence, purpose, and meaning: Spiritual self-care might include prayer or meditation, visualizing, practicing gratitude, spending time in nature, and being aware of the non-material aspects of your life. Identify what is meaningful to you and your child in life at school and home. Have all family members practice mindfulness and being present in the moment, identifying beliefs and values that are important to guide your lives. Below are some examples of spiritual self-care from the website:
Using a journal to reflect your
Going on a retreat and getting away to focus on yourself. Getting into nature is a way to turn off the screens and distractions in life and find that quiet time with yourself.
Practicing gratitude. Letting those around you know the things they do that you appreciate.
Paying it forward.
As I’ve searched for resources to help support all of us in our Christian setting, I’ve added a few strategies of my own:
Ensure your family lives in relationship with other believers.
Help your children grow in their knowledge of God
Assist your children in understanding their identity in Christ-The honest truth is that our true identity- the very foundation for our lives and well-being- is found in nothing else than the person of Jesus Christ.
Cultivate your child’s heart so they seek God in prayer
Ensure your child read and loves God’s word
On the “Find Support” tab of the AEA webpage there are many resources for support. If your child specifically is struggling please reach out to us!
Public Health Update
Before the holiday Public Health updated their quarantine guidance for individuals identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case. This guidance can be found on the CDC website. Individuals exposed to COVID-19 may develop symptoms from 2-14 days after exposure.
However, individuals identified as a close contact to someone infectious with COVID-19 can reduce the length of their quarantine from 14 days via the following options:
Quarantine can end after Day 10 if no symptoms have developed.
Quarantine can end after Day 7 if the exposed person tests negative and no symptoms have developed. The specimen must be collected within 48 hours before the end of quarantine (i.e. not earlier than Day 5). The quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
In both cases, continue to monitor for symptoms through Day 14.
If you are unsure of the steps you should follow when exposed to a close contact who is infected with COVID, please give us a call at the school and we can help determine the necessary precautions for you to follow.
Once again we are so thankful that individuals and families are following the mitigation recommendations. As of today, we only have a couple of students that our home under quarantine and all our staff were able to return after the holiday! God willing we can continue down this path!