Our Executive Director of twenty years, Sharon Taylor, will be retiring in June. In honour of this occasion there will be a tea on June 8th from 1:30-3:30. Feel free to drop-in and give your well wishes to Sharon.
June in the Playroom
This past month the playroom has been busy gardening. The children had an opportunity to plant a garden. Tomatoes, basil, sunflower and even a couple of pumpkins were planted in small milk containers. The playroom has full-spectrum lighting which is ideal to help plants grow. As the seeds began to sprout, the children also began to display a true interest and ownership of their plants. A child, without fail, would remind us daily to take down the plants to water them. She and her younger sister took great pride in caring for these young seedlings. Near the end of the month these plants were transplanted into our side yard garden. Once again the children took the lead in digging holes, carefully transferring and watering them afterwards. Everyone is excited to watch these plants grow and flourish. With luck they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labours. Having a connection to our food is important in building a relationship with our land and environment.
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. June dates are the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.
Would you like to learn more about food and discover new ways of cooking for you and your family? If you are a parent with children under 6, come and join us on June 11 & 25, 2018 @ 1:30-3:00 (sign-up sheet at 1pm)
What Is Self-Care?
By Katherine Hurst
In a nutshell, it’s about being as kind to yourself as you would be to others. It’s partly about knowing when your resources are running low and stepping back to replenish them rather than letting them all drain away. Meanwhile, it also involves integrating self-compassion into your life in a way that helps to prevent even the possibility of a burnout. However, it’s important to note that not everything that feels good is self-care. We can all be tempted to use unhealthy coping mechanisms like drugs, alcohol, over-eating, and risk-taking. The difference between unhealthy coping mechanisms and self-care activities is that the latter is good for you. When practiced correctly, self-care has long-term benefit for the mind, the body or both.
Top 5 Benefits Of Self Care
- Better productivity. When you learn how to say “no” to things that over-extend you and start making time for things that matter more, you slow life down in a wonderful way. This brings your goals into sharper focus and helps you to concentrate on what you’re doing.
- Improved resistance to disease. There is evidence that most self-care activities activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). What this means is that your body goes into a restful, rejuvenating mode, helping it to fortify its immune system.
- Enhanced self-esteem. When you regularly carve out time that’s only about being good to yourself and meeting your own needs, you send a positive message to your subconscious. Specifically, you treat yourself like you matter and have intrinsic value.
- Increased self-knowledge. Practicing self-care requires thinking about what you really love to do. The exercise of figuring out what makes you feel passionate and inspired can help you understand yourself a lot better.
- More to give. When you’re good to yourself, you might think you’re being selfish. In truth, self-care gives you the resources you need to be compassionate to others as well. Giving compassion is a bit like filling a bucket; you can’t fill someone else’s if you don’t have enough of your own!