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The Good Place

Mental Wellness

January is Mental Wellness Month. There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to focus on your mental health and learn new ways to improve your overall well-being. Over the past two years, we have been living in unprecedented times making it more important than ever to check in on our mental wellness. 

The World Health Organization defines mental wellness as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Mental wellness is having positive insights and characteristics that allow you to thrive during tumultuous times of stress. 

There are many ways to start shifting focus and making your mental wellness a priority. 

Practice mindfulness, seek out the positives, take an intentional break during a hectic day (even if it is 5-10 minutes), spend time with family and friends, exercise, eat well, and get some sleep. 

Take the time to shift your energy to make your mental wellness a priority so that you can build resilience, contentment, self-confidence and an unwavering sense of purpose. 

Check out the programs the School offers such as yoga, pilates, access to our Employee Assistance Program and The Summit Counseling Center. Even if you’ve neglected your mental wellness in the past, it’s never too late to make improvements. 

“Wherever we are, we can take a deep breath, feel our body, open our senses and step outside the endless stories of our mind.” ~Jack Kornfield

Experiences and Events

Programs

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Good Place will post a variety of monthly programmatic opportunities to prioritize your well-being. Check it out.

January Programs

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Summit Counseling Center
As an employee of The Mount Vernon School, we recognize the importance of mental wellbeing and strive to support the social, emotional wellbeing and resilience of our employees.

Our partnership with The Summit Counseling Center allows our community to lean into additional resources to help nurture and sustain one’s mental health. Whether you are looking for counseling for the challenges of life, or in need of professional therapy, Summit fosters a safe, confidential, caring environment in which lives are reclaimed, relationships are revived, and hope is renewed.

The Summit provides a wide range of specialty services for individuals, couples and families. therapists are fully licensed and offer professional counseling integrating body, mind, spirit, and community.

The School will cover the cost up to 3 sessions. Thereafter, you will be responsible for the cost which is a discounted rate for being a MV employee. For more information or to get started, visit http://summitcounseling.org or call (678) 893-5300 to schedule an appointment. 

Yoga – Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 | Upper School
Activate the body and breath with this Vinyasa-style class featuring a continuous flow of alignment-based postures, to engage the body and release the mind. Suitable for all levels, offering modifications for individual needs. 

Pilates – Mondays, 3:30-4:30 | Upper School
New to MV, Pilates offers a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility to strengthen your core. 

Pelotons 
Check out the five Pelotons in the upper campus MAC available to all employees. Three of the bikes require cycling shoes. Join the Peloton group by adding the tag “MVMoves” to your profile in your app and get cycling.

Walking Trails 
Did you know that the MV upper campus has walking trails around the Upper Campus. Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. A short 10-minute walk can increase our mental alertness, energy and help increase our mood while helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Be intentional, create a walking group or just take a mental break and take a quick walk along the trail.

December Programs

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Coat Drive 

We have extended the collection of the One Warm Coat drive through December 10! The mission of One Warm Coat is to provide free coats to children and adults in need while promoting volunteerism and environmental sustainability. Consider donating gently worn or new coat(s) to help those in need.

In addition, for every coat you donate, you will be able to record one-hour of service towards the school-wide 50,000 hour goal during our Year of Impact. Check out more information and submit your hours here.

Hot Chocolate & Ugly Sweater Contest-Wednesday, December 15

On Wednesday, December 15, FLIK will be serving hot chocolate and pastries to all faculty and staff from 7:30 – 9:30 am.

  • Lower Campus- Fellowship Hall
  • Middle School-Art Gallery
  • Upper School/HQ-US Cafe

In addition, we will be having a sweater showdown – Wear your fluffiest, ugliest, funniest, and warmest sweater for a chance to be crowned as the winner! Further details will be announced via email

November Programs

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Retirement 1 on 1– Virtual Meetings with Principal Retirement

Are you on track for the retirement you want? Get there with help from a virtual 1 on 1 retirement education meeting available to MV employees at no cost. During your virtual meeting, you can discuss:

  • Your unique needs and goals
  • Gaps in your savings
  • Protecting your income and assets
  • Completing a rollover

Before your 1-on-1 meeting:

  • Set up your principal.com username and password*
  • Gather information from your paystubs, retirement plan statements from previous employers, individual retirement account (IRA), and/or other financial statements and estimates

Schedule your virtual 1-on-1 session today at principal.com/virtual1on1.

Coat Drive 

We are excited to announce our upcoming One Warm Coat drive and invite you to participate and support our efforts. Beginning November 1 through November 18, each division will be able to collect gently worn or new coat(s). The mission of One Warm Coat is to provide free coats to children and adults in need while promoting volunteerism and environmental sustainability.

In addition, for every coat you donate, you will be able to record one-hour of service towards the school-wide 50,000 hour goal during our Year of Impact. Check out more information and submit your hours here.

Waffle House Food Truck-Tuesday, November 16

As a thank you to all faculty and staff, there will be two Waffle House food trucks onsite the morning of November 16 from 7:30-9:30am.

October Programs

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Cooking with Benny –  October 20 & 21
Enjoy an afternoon with FLIK chef, Benny, and learn how to make butternut squash soup and a healthy, hearty salad to take home for dinner. Registration is limited to the first 15 people and the cost is free!

Wednesday, Oct 20 | 3:30-4:30 | Upper School Cafe | Sign-Up

Thursday, Oct 21 | 3:30-4:30 | Lower School Fellowship Hall | Sign-Up

Dyslexia Dash – October 16
Presented by the Georgia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA-GA), the Dyslexia Dash is a 5K run/walk to raise money for important dyslexia resources, including low-cost teacher training, seminars, support groups, and referral and advocacy services.

Register today and join The Mount Vernon School team.

Glee Club – Weekly on Thursdays
Join fellow faculty and staff for a weekly Glee Club! No experience necessary! This is a time to get together and enjoy making music through song.Sheet music and words will be available as well as song links to go back and listen if you missed a week. No commitment necessary and no performing if you don’t want to. Just come have fun!

Please complete this form to receive more information and see if this is something you’d like to be a part of.

Details: Weekly-Thursdays | 3:30-4:30 | Lower School Sanctuary Building

September Programs

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MV is excited to launch free on-site wellness programs designed to fit every experience level this fall.

Yoga – Thursdays, 3:30-4:30
Activate the body and breath with this Vinyasa-style class featuring a continuous flow of alignment-based postures, to engage the body and release the mind. Suitable for all levels, offering modifications for individual needs. Sign-up and masks required.

Pilates – Mondays, 3:30-4:30
New to MV, Pilates offers a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility to strengthen your core. Sign-up and masks required.

Pelotons – Available everyday
Check out the five Pelotons in the upper campus MAC available to all employees. Three of the bikes require cycling shoes. Join the Peloton group by adding the tag “MVMoves” to your profile in your app and get cycling.

Walking Trails – Wednesday, September 15 @ 3:45 pm
Did you know that the MV upper campus has walking trails? Bring a friend and join Nicole Martin on Wednesday, September 15 @ 3:45 pm; meet at the clocktower in front of the Middle School Building! Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. A short 10-minute walk can increase our mental alertness, energy and help increase our mood while helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Be intentional, create a walking group or just take a mental break and take a quick walk along the trail.

Flu Shot Clinic – Wednesday, 9/29, 8am-4pm
MV will offer an on-site flu shot clinic at no cost to you. Save the date for Wednesday, 9/29 to receive your flu vaccine. Details to follow.

FEATURED PODCAST

Ceasing to Be Caught in the Waters of the Mind

In this podcast, Michael Singer uses the analogy of an aquatic bird maintaining its balance on rough water to illustrate what to do and what not to do if we want to stay poised and upright when life gets turbulent.

More Recommended Podcasts

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Novermber 2021

A Bit of Optimism with Simon Sinek-Gratitude with Carolyn Adams

Oprah’s Super Soul-What I Know For Sure: Connection & Gratitude (highlight podcast)

Radio Headspace-An Attitude of Gratitude  

October 2021

Let’s Talk About Kindness-Radio Headspace

September 2021

Huberman Lab – Maximizing Productivity, Physical & Mental Health with Daily Tools

Hurdle – How To Start (And Stay) Running

Optimal Daily Health – Exercise As Stress Relief (Part 1) & Exercise As Stress Relief (Part 2)

August 2021

On Purpose with Jay Shetty Podcast: “Why You Need to Take a Break and 6 Ways to Make More Time to Rest Every Day, Week, Month, and Year”

The Happiness Lab: Reconnect with the Moment

With Friends Like These: The Secret to talking About Hard Things is to Listen w/Anna Sale, author of “Let’s Talk About Hard Things.”

Brene Brown and David Kessler on Grief and Finding Meaning

Presentations & Tools

Well-Being & Resilience

Resources and TOols

Pathways

Explore various pathways — physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual — to recover, recharge, and return. Beyond the highlights, dive deeper in each pathway to discover ways to cultivate well-being and resilience.

Physical

Excercise

Sleep

Hydration

Nutrition

Get Outside

Mental

Mindfulness

Meditation

Take a Break

Puzzles

Create Something

Mental Pathway

Calm App

The Crossword

Social

Connection

Fun & Play

Talk to a Friend

Ask for Help

Take a Class 

SPIRITUAL

Prayer

Volunteer

Rest

Nature

Reflection 

Summit Counseling Center

Our partnership with The Summit Counseling Center allows our community to lean into additional resources to help nurture and sustain one’s mental health. Whether you are looking for counseling for the challenges of life, or in need of professional therapy, Summit fosters a safe, confidential, caring environment in which lives are reclaimed, relationships are revived, and hope is renewed.

The Summit provides a wide range of specialty services for individuals, couples and families. therapists are fully licensed and offer professional counseling integrating body, mind, spirit, and community.

The School will cover the cost up to 3 sessions. Thereafter, you will be responsible for the cost which is a discounted rate for being a MV employee.

For more information or to get started, visit http://summitcounseling.org  or call (678) 893-5300 to schedule an appointment.