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Feel Good Fridays

You know that feeling you get the week before a vacation? You're tired All. The. Time. No matter how loud your alarm is, no matter how much you caught up on sleep over the weekend, you still struggle to get up in the morning. You've been going 100 miles per hour for the past 2 weeks: taking tests, finishing projects, planning your trip, and still making it to sports practice / band rehearsal / committee meetings on a regular basis. And then you hit the wall; there is no gas left in the tank and you are DRAGGING to vacation week. 

It's a sign that our lives are out of balance. We've been going too hard at work and not taking time to rejuvenate. It usually happens before a vacation, when we try to finish up everything so that we can go enjoy the vacation with nothing hanging over our heads. But in our rush to get everything done we have been all work and no play. And it's time to rebalance.

This year the Challenge Success steering committee, with the help of several parents, has hosted two Feel Good Fridays. Our goal for these events is to help members of our community slow down, take a break, and have some fun while building a sense of community. We believe that to live a healthy and balanced life everyone needs playtime, downtime, and family time every day. Feel Good Friday events are a way for students and teachers to have some playtime and downtime while at school.

From "Overloaded and Underprepared" by Denise Pope, Maureen Brown, and Sarah Miles

After our December Feel Good Friday, aimed at helping bring some levity and balance to our seniors during a time when many were hearing from colleges about Early Decision applications, one senior said:

I hope we can continue to have events like this to bring our school closer together. Regardless of whether people got rejected or accepted, all the seniors came together as a class to support and encourage each other. I think that we are lucky as a school to have such amazing parents, teachers, administration, and student government who worked really hard to make yesterday possible.
Our April event came on the heels of closing Quarter 3, MCAS testing in English Language Arts for our sophomores, and at the end (we hope) of a VERY long winter. The day had a Red Sox theme with activities, tattoos, treats, and the opportunity to participate in our "I wish" campaign to earn a raffle ticket. It was on the same day as our Health and Fitness department's annual Hoops for Heart so students could have some active play in the gymnasium.

As you take some time next week to relax, play, and spend time with family, think about how you might try to maintain that balance throughout the work periods in your life so you're not dragging yourself to the next vacation. To maintain that balanced life, remember that everyone needs some playtime, downtime, and family time EVERY DAY.



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