The Bryn Mawr College Staff Association invites you to submit to the Spring 2021 Virtual Self-Care Fair!
While we are unable to gather for our regular Spring Staff Meeting, it's more important than ever that we continue to engage, together, as a community. What better way than to share the tools and practices that have always helped us navigate uncertain times?
We invite you to share with the Bryn Mawr Community the things you do to attend to your own and others’ well-being. We can all benefit from ideas for self-care, methods to manage stress and anxiety, tips to care for loved ones, or things to do for fun and relaxation.
Do you meditate? Go to a special park or trail? Do you know of a great sleep app? Have you read a great book for kids? Or know of a inter-generational activity idea? Do you listen to music? Journal or jog? Doodle or dance? Have a favorite tea? A suggestion for a aromatherapy oil? A favorite feel-good movie?
Staff Association Spring 2021 Virtual Self-Care Fair (in order of submission)
Senior Educational Technology Specialist Christine Boyland enjoys staying active and getting outdoors.
"I miss going to the College’s Fitness Center! I used to go to the Schwartz Gym every day. But now that the weather is nice, for exercise I’ve started going on nature walks, and on Saturday I drove to the beach and walked along the surf. The air smelled heavily of the ocean and the water was a stunning blue with white capped waves. It gives me hope for the summer!"
Christine D'Ascenzo, Executive Assistant in Enrollment, also enjoys getting active outside and recommends biking the Chester Valley Trail.
"Want a safe, relatively flat place to bicycle? I head to the Chester Valley Trail (CVT)! The wheelchair accessible, 14.8 mile asphalt path provides a safe place to ride, walk, and in-line skate. No motor vehicles, powered scooters, or skateboards are permitted! It's a converted rail trail, usually about 10 feet wide. Running from King of Prussia Road between South Gulph Road and US 202/W DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia to Indian Run Street and Commerce Drive in Exton, there are lots of convenient parking lots along the route. I usually park at Target in Malvern, which is about the midpoint. Always stay on the right of the path, be aware of others around you, and (most importantly!) wear your helmet. Adults too! You only get one brain and need to keep it safe. Bring your own water bottle as I don't think there are any stations along the way. Much of the trail is tree covered so it's still gorgeous in the summer months! Hope to see you out there."
Margaret Kelly, Academic Administrative Assistant for History of Art, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and Growth and Structure of Cities, among others, enjoys the simple pleasure of swinging in her hammock.
Christina Babb, Academic Administrative Assistant for Biology, Chemistry, and Geology, recommends an online workout practice.
"'Move with Nicole' You Tube Channel has a full array of pilates and yoga workouts that don't require equipment that you can do at home. These routines are challenging and effective at toning and strengthening the body and help you feel fit and invigorated. These practices help clear your mind and lift your mood."
Educational Technology Specialist Maria Ocando Finol recommends apps and a book to build better habits.
"Although it's mostly marketed as a weight loss app, Noom is a psychology-based habit-building app at heart. You can sign up for its dieting/weight loss program, of course, but there's also the option of signing up for a building better habits program. All in all, it's pretty good because it shares research and is designed thinking of CBT and some of the best habit-building research out there. Along with this app (or if you don't want to use the app), I suggest reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. The Libby app has this on audiobook if your eyes are tired from all the screen time we're getting these days."
Anna Kamstra, Senior Associate Director of Gift Planning in the Office of Gift Planning, Alumnae Relations, and Development, advocates stretching to maintain flexibility and balance.
"I try to incorporate stretching into my daily routine. It has a host of benefits that include helping coordination for freer and easier movement, preventing injuries, developing body awareness, and promoting circulation. Plus, it feels good! There are countless YouTube videos, online programs and how-to manuals out there. I like Bob Anderson's paperback version, published circa 1980."
Karen Russell, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, recommends an online yoga practice.
"I have found 'Yoga with Adrienne' on-line. She sets a good tone which is professional, but also light-hearted. Her dog is always hanging out in her yoga studio!"