Reflect to Recharge
“I take care of myself, so I can care for others.” Camp directors and staffers should keep this mantra in daily circulation. Here’s a simple sample exercise from one camp director for jumpstarting personal health habits this summer. (Can you find the mantra?)1
Reframe Your Anxiety
Physical feelings of anxiety are caused by the release of the hormone noradrenaline and, it turns out, are the same sensations we have when we’re excited. It’s our thoughts that tell us which one we’re experiencing. Combat anxiety by reframing the emotion as excitement. The effects may be short-lived, so feel free to put the phrase “This is excitement” on repeat throughout the day.2
For stress-relieving nutrition, stash these on-the-go snacks: Oranges, bananas, raw veggies, yogurt, tea, or a handful of almonds, walnuts, or pistachios. For stress busters that also can help you sleep, have a cup of milk, or go crunchy with whole-wheat pretzels or crackers.3
Good, Clean Fun
Help staffers (and yourself) find healthy ways to spend days off. Discussing plans ahead of time will build anticipation for positive activities and enhance mental health during the countdown. Encourage them to sleep in, cook out, and reconnect with loved ones. Brainstorm fun, restorative ways to decompress—alone and with others.4
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