By Michelle Hoffschneider

Restorative Wellness is a Community Commitment. 

Think of it this way: When boarding a flight before take-off, the flight attendant begins explaining emergency protocols. One familiar reminder is, “In the event of an emergency, put your oxygen mask on first, before helping those around you.”

This analogy may seem selfish but that’s far from the truth. 

Many of us help and support people in our lives, whether children, coworkers, or aging parents. While helping and supporting those in need, it is essential for us to take good care of ourselves. Prioritizing Restorative Wellness doesn’t mean we are choosing ourselves over others. It means we are being mindful of refilling our bucket in order to best support the people we love, lead, and serve.

Restorative Wellness comes in many forms. There are many low-cost and high-yield options; taking a deep breath, going on a walk, getting a cup of coffee with a friend, or setting a bedtime. When stress is high, don’t be afraid to step away from the fray. Sixty seconds of stillness, whether planned or unplanned, may give our heart the “peace and quiet” it requires.

Regather. Regroup. Recharge.

When we take care of our physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs we are better able to handle the stressors that come along with helping and supporting others. Modeling Restorative Wellness sets an example for those around us, which equips them to better help and support others in their own lives. The ripple effect of this community commitment to  Restorative Wellness is vital and impactful. 

Remember the words of Brenda Jank, “Refilling your bucket isn’t selfish, it’s strategic.”

So put on your oxygen mask. Take a deep breath. And continue to pour into those you love, lead, and serve from a place of vibrancy and joy!

Brenda Jank and the Run Hard. Rest Well. team are thought leaders in the arena of Restorative Wellness. Find additional resources at Contact us at:

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