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The Wellness Project

The Wellness Project is a collection of resources and practices to support and enhance your individual and organizational wellness and resilience. It includes a holistic system of wellness activities such as reading, listening, watching, cooking, connecting, moving, breathing, and resting. Watch this short introduction video and then enjoy exploring!

Read

(Books/Articles/Papers)

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory

Atlas of the Heart

Atomic Habits

The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life 

The Body Keeps the Score

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Wellbeing

Brief, daily meditation enhances attention, memory, mood, and emotional regulation in non-experienced meditators 

Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success

Co-regulation Handbook: Creating Competent, Authentic Roles for Kids with Social Learning Differences...

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-term Effects of Childhood Adversity

ExSELent Teaching: Classroom strategies to support the social, emotional, and academic growth of students

Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive

Guided Growth: Educational and Behavioral Interventions for Children and Teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Early Trauma

How to Embrace Doing Nothing 

The Mind-Gut Connection: How the Hidden Conversation within our Bodies Impacts our Mood, our Choices, and our Overall Health

Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind Mind-Body Medicine 

The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

The Politics of Trauma 

Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners

Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind-Body Healing

Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and even Disaster

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Stop Framing Wellness Programs Around Self-Care (Harvard Business Review article 04/22)

Transforming Trauma in Children and Adolescents

Trauma and Recovery 

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others 

What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

 

 

Listen

(Podcast episodes/shows/music)

Podcast Episodes

Evolving Our Approach to Treating Trauma with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (Rick Hanson)

The Best Mental Health Advice- from the U.S. Surgeon General (Dr. Caroline Leaf)

Understanding Rage and Honoring Boundaries in Healing Trauma (Sarah Payton)

The Antidote to Burnout: ICU Surgeon Stephen Trzeciak (the Mindbodygreen podcast)

Transforming Trauma (NARM Training Institute)

Hope Starts with Us (NAMI)

Top 5 Resilience Factors Explained  (Mary Vicario)

Raising Healthy Children, with Sanford Newmark, MD (Body of Wonder)

Exploring Trauma, Addiction, and Emotional Pain with Gabor Mate, MD (Body of Wonder)

Making Positive Psychology Work: Is Your Workplace Safe (Sandra Bloom)

All Sides with Ann Fisher: Wellness Wednesday: Mental Health Screenings and Suicide Prevention

The Adolescent Mental Health Crisis - Ann Fisher interviews New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mark Richtel

Hidden Brain: The Logic of Rage

Ten Percent Happier Podcast episode 439: Why You Can't Pay Attention - And How to Think Deeply Again: Johann Hari

All Sides with Ann Fischer - interview with Sam Quinones

On Being with Krista Tippett - Bessel van der Kolk: Trauma, the Body, and 2021

Sounds True - David Kessler: Finding Meaning in Our Grief

Podcast Shows/Series

Action for Happiness - podcast series 

Friends for Life

Trauma Informed Biographical Timelines - podcast series with state trauma experts (2019)

Mindfulness podcast series by the U. of Wisconsin-Madison Dept of Family Medicine and Community Health

Burnout. Heard of it? - Article and 4-part podcast series by Mindful

Brene Brown - (link to episodes)

Tara Brach, Ph.D. - international meditation teacher, author, therapist

Healthy Brain, Happy Body (Northeast Region Biofeedback Society)

Huberman Lab - Dr Huberman is a neuroscientist 

Sounds True: Insights at the Edge - hosted by Tami Simon

Meditative Story - Meditative stories to help you get to sleep

Oprah Super Soul - interviews - connecting to the deeper world around you

Ten Percent Happier - hosted by Dan Harris

Thrive Global - hosted by Arianna Huffington

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness podcast - hosted by David Trleaven

First Person Plural: EI & Beyond - hosted by Danial Goleman, Hanuman Goleman, and Elizabeth Solomon

Well-being: A Boundless podcast - a provider agency in Ohio that focuses on individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Music/Meditation

Singing Bowl Meditation

Spotify mindful wellness playlist (music) 

Tibetan Meditation Music 

Tibetan Singing Bowls

 

Watch

(Wellness presentations)

Beyond Self-Care: The Importance of Wellness in the Workplace (Faye Perkins, 2022)

Ohio Southeast Trauma Informed Care Collaborative (SETICC) video (2022)

Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit (2019) 

Learning from Someone's Biography - Context Matters! (Soul Bird Consulting June 2021)

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (PBS Documentary by Ken Burns)

Embodied Facilitation: Bringing Your Full Self into the Room (Sarah Buffie May 2022)

This is Water (David Foster Wallace) 

Children's Mental Health Crisis - 60 Minutes 05/08/22

Provider Wellness & Resiliency Series - Part 4 (Bobbie Beale)

Provider Wellness & Resiliency Series - Part 3 (Bobbie Beale)

Provider Wellness & Resiliency Series  Part 2 (Bobbi Beale and Holly Jones)

Provider Wellness & Resiliency Series - Part 1 (with Bobbi Beale)

Reflections on how we lived through 2021 (with Rev. Ron Davis) 

Trauma Responsive Care: Safe, Connected, and In Control (with Lara Palay) - Part 1 webinar

Foundations of Dual Diagnosis (with Lara Palay) - Part 2 webinar

Trauma Responsive Care slides (from above webinars)

Building Community-Based, Culturally-Grounded, Population-Level Mental Wellness and Resilience - Chris Brugler

Understanding Breath and Emotion: New Insights into the Vagus Nerve - Doug Keller

Code Lavender Implementing Self-Care Strategies in the Workplace - Melissa Brown

Growing Citizen Allies - Sarah Buffie and Brittany Curry 

Northwest Trauma Informed Care Leadership Resilience Training with Amy Chavez -2021 - Part 1 - Safety & Trustworthiness

Northwest Trauma Informed Care Leadership with Amy Chavez 2021 -Part 2 - Collaboration & Empowerment

Northwest Trauma Informed Care Leadership with Amy Chavez 2021 - Part 3 - Inclusion & Healing-Centered Leadership

Northwest Trauma Informed Care Leadership with Lara Palay & Kevin Aldridge 2021 - Part 1 - Safe, Connected & In Control

Northwest Trauma Informed Care Leadership with Lara Palay & Kevin Aldridge 2021 - Part 2 - Leading a Trauma Responsive Environment 

Northwest Trauma Informed Care Leadership with Lara Palay & Kevin Aldridge 2021 - Part 3 - Emotional Self-Care for Helping Professionals 

 

Taste

Salty Taste In Mouth & Diabetes: Complications And Remedies

Beverages

Golden Turmeric Latte

Berry Nutritious Smoothie

Mango Turmeric Lassi (add 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom)

Salads, Appetizers

Carrot-Ginger-Orange Salad Dressing

Summer Salad

Cherry and Blueberry Salad with Cinnamon Candied Cashews and Goat Cheese

Sesame Noodle Salad

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad 

Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels 

5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso

Tomato Pesto 

 

Main Dishes

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

Instant Pot Chili  

Vegetarian Macaroni Chili 

Winter Minestrone & Garlic Bruschetta 

Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken 

Pasta with Butter and Tomatoes (sounds strange but it's delicious and a great "Meatless Monday" meal)

Aloha Hawaiian Grilled Chicken (swap out the ketchup for bbq sauce) 

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup (and grilled cheese, just because!) 

Easy Delicious Salmon Bowls

Vegetarian Miso Ginger Bowls

 

Side Dishes

Green Bean Casserole, from scratch 

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf (swap the cranberries for sweet Michigan cherries from Cherry Republic)

Desserts, snacks

Cinnamon Pecan Crumble

Pumpkin Streusel Bars 

Cranberry Cardamom Spice Muffins

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cookies

Explore

(Wellness Resources)            

Supports for Staff Wellness 

Well-Being Checkup And Referral Engagement Service (Ohio State Medical Assoc. Foundation)

Facility Therapy Dogs

Staff Wellness Room (DODD) 03.15.22

Staff Wellness Room Checklist for ODRC

Staff Wellness Room (Gallery) 06.17.22

Staff Wellness Room Survey

Trauma Informed Care Resource Room (Cambridge DC Gallery)

Overtime Personal Care Kits for staff (Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare)

Pup Patrol (Ohio Dept of Youth Services) 

Office of First Responder Wellness (Ohio Dept of Public Safety)

Supports for Managing Grief, Sadness and Loss

Fostering Greif-Ready Workplaces: A Starter Kit for Mental Health and School Mental Health Leadership (MHTTC) 

Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) 

Speaking of Psychology: How Grieving Changes the Brain, with Mary Frances O'Connor, Ph.D.

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death Joan Halifax 

The Grief Recovery Handbook John James and Russell Friedman 

There is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love  Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D. and Emily McDowell 

When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and other Losses John James and Russell Friedman

Tara Brach – Meditation expert, Clinical Psychologist, author, lecturer. Has lots of resources on grief and loss, including books, talks, and meditations 

The Way Through: Trauma Responsive Care for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Professionals  Lara Palay, LISW-S  

Grief.com – “The Five Stages of Grief” 

“Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle”

Man Therapy  

“Finding Meaning in our Grief” interview with David Keller – Sounds True 

Brene Brown – Researcher on vulnerability and all things “human feelings.”  Has many talks and books

“How to Cope with grief, fear and anxiety during COVID” – Interview with Brene Brown

“Inside Out Theory – Stages of Grief”

“Emotional Self-Care for Helping Professionals” – Lara Palay

Breath practice for loss and overwhelm – Holly Jones

Nature meditations Video 1 I Video 2

Ohio Employee Assistance Program -  Ohio EAP) is an intake, information, counseling referral and support service for state employees and their family members.  

Crisis Text Line – Text 4HOPE to 741741 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor   

Hey, I’m Here – Real Talk. Real Experiences. For Ohio youth 

OhioHealth Grief Support Groups – support groups for all ages, including children, adolescents and adults  

Cornerstone of Hope (Columbus, Cleveland, Lima) – various support groups 

Courage to Caregivers  

*Many churches and local advocacy and affiliate organizations offer support groups. Check with your local Helpline, ADAMHS Board, Nextdoor app, etc. to learn more about these possible connections 

Rainbows.org  Rainbows for All Children is a program in Ross and Pickaway Counties

Dougy Center The Dougy Center has a national model for supporting grieving children that some agencies in Ohio trained in. They have some grief toolkits on their page for families, schools and communities 

Healing House  Offers grief assessment for children, support groups, resources, and training 

Grief Resources for IDD from Rutgers

Hidden Pain

Supports for School Wellness

Ohio Department of Education - School Wellness Toolkit

School & Community Continuum of Services - Interactive Map

Social-Emotional Learning - PBS Video Series

Experience

The Wellness Project Experience is a series of body-mind-centering, resilience-enhancing, self-care practices for supporting the nervous system. These practices are grounded in neuroscience literature. They are safe, accessible, practical, and empowering. These can be done anytime, even on-the-job, to renew your energy, calm your mind, and support your nervous system. These practices promote self-awareness so that you can reconnect to your inner wisdom and find clarity and freedom from overwhelmed states. We reconnect through mindful movements, breath practices, and meditation.  Click the link below. Welcome home!

Mindful Movements playlist

Meditation playlist

Breath practice playlist

"What Happened To You" book series playlist

Reflect

(Short talks for personal reflection, journaling, or pausing)

A Therapy of Thanks: Some Thoughts About the Healing Power of Gratitude (11.20.22) 

Lamps, Lifeboats, and Ladders: Leading a Spiritual Life (08.25.22) This short reflection examines and explains the poet Rumi’s advice that every person should strive to be a lamp, a lifeboat, and a ladder. The essence of a spiritual life is also discussed.

Magnetic Places and Seeing the World (07.21.22)  Our planet is filled with magical places that powerfully draw us to them. Some are exotic landmarks, distant and renowned; others may be local -- almost inconspicuous, easily overlooked – but every bit as magical and life-changing. A poem about one of these reveals how the power of place can shape our outlooks and attitudes.

Masks and their Cultural Roles Around the World (07.14.22)   Masks, both literal and figurative, play an important role in virtually every culture.  They are associated with community recreation, religious ritual, public protection, theatrical entertainments, professional safety, and all sorts of human interactions.  But there are times when health and wellness require us to be brave enough to remove our masks and reveal the truth of who we are.