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The Wellness Project

The Wellness Project is a collection of resources and self-care practices to support and enhance your wellness and resilience. It includes a holistic system of wellness activities such as reading, listening, watching, cooking, connecting, moving, breathing, and resting.



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

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

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

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

Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind Mind-Body Medicine 

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

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

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

Transforming Trauma in Children and Adolescents

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment

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




(Podcast episodes/shows)

Action for Happiness - podcast series 

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

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

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

Singing Bowl Meditation

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

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

Brene Brown - (link to episodes)

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

Sounds True - David Kessler: Finding Meaning in Our Grief

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

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

Spotify mindful wellness playlist (music) 

Tibetan Meditation Music 



(Wellness presentations)

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 



Salty Taste In Mouth & Diabetes: Complications And Remedies

Golden Turmeric Latte

Berry Nutritious Smoothie

Carrot-Ginger-Orange Salad Dressing

Summer Salad

Sesame Noodle Salad

5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso

Instant Pot Fiesta Chicken

Vegetarian Macaroni Chili - Pick Up Limes

Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken - Barefoot Contessa

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad 

Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels (appetizer) 

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) 



(Wellness Resources)            

Supports for Staff Wellness 

Staff Wellness Room (DODD) 03.15.22

Staff Wellness Room Checklist for ODRC

Staff Wellness Rooms (Gallery)

Staff Wellness Room Survey

Trauma Informed Care Resource Room (Cambridge DC Gallery)

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

Pup Patrol (DYS) 

Supports for Managing Grief, Sadness and 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 

*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


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


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