In January, F-M students focused on relieving and managing stress and anxiety. Wellness Day, a half-day of school that coincides with the last day of the second marking period, is dedicated to students’ mental, social, emotional and physical well-being.
“As we get toward the end of a marking period there are added stressors for students such as testing and the anticipation of grades. We want to make sure we provide an opportunity for students to be able to decompress, relax and have fun, ”said Heidi Green, Director of Counseling Services.
Wellness Day allows students to take a break from academics by participating in activities that support their overall health and well-being. Yoga, martial arts, dancing, knitting, coloring, board games and origami are just a few of the activities that are offered.
In addition to providing an outlet for stress and anxiety relief during school hours, Wellness Day centers around promoting awareness about mental health. By taking part in activities that focus on having fun, relaxing, staying active and being part of a community, students are able to connect with each other and their teachers in a new way that strengthens relationships.
According to Green, it’s important for students to build connections with their school. “If a student feels comfortable and safe it improves their ability to learn and thrive,” said Green.
Wellness Day began at the high school in 2016. Since then, it has expanded to include each school in the district annually in support of student’s mental health.