WellConnect is a free, 5 session program, for teens from 8th-12th grade. Meetings will take place over Zoom from 6:00 – 7:30 on: 12/2, 12/8, 12/15, and 12/29. Session 4 will be a self guided session that participants can do anytime between the 3rd and 5th session.
Through individual and group activities, as well as group discussions, you will be able to identify your personal wellness style and will learn skills that you can use on a daily basis that promote mental toughness.
Through individual and group activities, as well as group discussions,
teens will learn the basics of what wellness is. Every session begins with a Get-Acquainted-Activity and a brief mindfulness exercise. Teens scale how they are feeling before and after the mindfulness activity. By scaling how they feel before and after the mindfulness practice, teens are learning to tune-in to what’s going on in their mind and body, and that they can take practical steps to center themselves to address discomfort. The importance of paying attention and taking notice of what we are thinking and feeling is woven throughout the course. When a teen can recognize and pay attention to what they need to renew themselves, they are more likely to prepare and respond to life in more empowered and helpful ways. Each session ends with a closing activity.
In this session, we define what Wellness is and why it’s important. Art activities and discussion questions are used in helping teens draw their own conclusions about what Wellness means to them and how they can tell if a practice is enhancing their wellness. We also begin to address how Wellness is not a goal, rather, it is something we develop and cultivate throughout our lives.
We introduce the 7 Dimensions of Wellness and condense them into 3 categories for understanding ourselves: Mind, Body, and Soul. We then introduce the 4 Elements of Renewal for refueling ourselves: Rest, Restore, Connect and Create. In this session, we focus on understanding what our bodies and brains need to Rest and Restore. Discussion questions and art activities are used to help teens personalize what Rest and Restore looks like for them.
Session 3 focuses on the last of the 4 Elements of Renewal: Connect and Create. Through our Get-Acquainted Art Activity and discussion questions, we explore how connection to community and creating within community is important to our well being. Teens will also explore and reflect on what they look for in a community they would want to connect to, and what they would like to be apart of creating.
This session focuses on what we do cultivate Wellness for the long run. Through art activities and group discussion we explore the concept of ‘Grit’ and the importance of anticipating difficulties so we can prepare and respond to them out of an empowered place. Additionally, we will discuss the importance of choosing to be our own advocates and taking ownership of what we can control.
In this final session, we break down the most practical way a teen can grow their grit, and cultivate their Wellness: How they talk to themselves. Teens will learn about the Chain of Behavior and how our thoughts impact our behavior. Through guided discussion and break out groups, teens will learn to identify the 10 types of toxic thoughts, and how to re-frame those toxic thoughts.