Finals start about 3 weeks from now, so the stess level on campus will be going up as exams draw nearer. There are diversions of course – the great weather, beautiful spring flowers, and beach weekend (this weekend, I believe), and the thought of post-exams at the beach as well.
But until then, there’s work to be done, and it would be easy and not uncommon for your Deacs to feel the pinch of semester’s end. I ran across an article that lists the A-Zs of self-love. It’s about small things we can do every day to feel better and try to be the best versions of ourselves. Would this list help your Deac? If so, pass it on. Don’t forget we also have Deacon Greetings where you can send an e-card to your students to say you love them, wish them luck on finals, etc.
One of the Thrive Dimensions of the Month for April is Emotional Wellbeing, so this fits right in with that theme as well. If you aren’t following Thrive’s blogs for parents, they are online here.
Two final reminders for Friday: 1) we hope you are sporting your best black and/or gold in honor of Wake Forest. Show your Demon Deacon pride wherever you are! and 2) remember that Friday is a great time to call your students
And without further ado, the A-Zs:
With acceptance, you set yourself free from bondage of self. You are present and you are love.
By believing in yourself, the world is at your fingertips. You can do and accomplish anything you set your mind to.
By having a deeper compassion for others, you can tap into the infinite compassion for yourself. This leads to a deeper sense of self-love.
From the pain, the turmoil, and the darkness, comes the light. That light is where true beauty and hope lie.
Are you putting forth your best and most authentic energy? By doing so, you attract similar people into your life which leads to more self-love.
Having fun is important to embrace. Embrace the balance of work and play and make time to let loose and have fun.
The more you give, the more love you receive. Give without expectations and from a genuine place of love. You know what they say about karma!
You are capable of happiness at any moment you choose. Remember this and tap into this happiness today. Cultivate your self-love.
You have the ability to ignite the light and power within. Do this today and give yourself the love you deserve.
There’s nothing like a good joke to add some relief into your life. Joke with yourself and others. It is natural and human.
By being your most authentic self, there is infinite kindness within. Let this come to the surface today.
You are love. Remember this. Keep your perspective of life as one of love. This is where self-love lives.
Money brings opportunity. It does not bring happiness. Remember this and when you notice yourself focusing on money, go inward and remember you are more than any amount of money.
You are a spiritual being inside a physical body. Remember to nourish the physical body on all levels. Give it the love and kindness you would want for your best friend.
Opening yourself and your heart up is where you can truly reap the benefits of interactions with not only others but with yourself. You are capable of true openness.
Self-love means you are living your purpose. Your purpose is to give and receive love. Make this a priority today.
There is never a stupid question. Be curious, be open, and inquire about what is happening in your life. This means presence and the ability to feel and be love.
Reason and compromise is an omnipresent part of life. Be open to new experiences and new perspectives. This opens up your lens of life and fosters more love.
There are constant stimuli in life. Are you keeping it simple for yourself? This is where manageability and serenity lie. Incorporate simplicity today.
Rejection doesn’t mean you give up. It means you take it like a grain of salt and try again. Never give up. You are worthy of anything you set your mind to.
There are constant resources available to you. Use them. Don’t look at it as a sign of weakness. It is pure strength. You are worthy.
You don’t need to have all the answers, but having a vision is important. This vision comes from a place of self-love and acceptance. Tap into your vision today.
With wisdom comes understanding, knowledge, and insight. This comes from your core, where there is a constant source of love.
This is an abbreviation for hugs and kisses. Give yourself these today. You don’t need to be dependent on getting them from someone else.
Say yes to life. Say yes to the opportunities that knock on your door that aligns with your purpose and vision. Say yes to loving yourself first and foremost.
Incorporate more Zen into your life. This means meditation, sitting with yourself, and embracing soundness of mind. This is where the ultimate form of self-love lives. Practice this today.
— by Betsy Chapman