At a recent inservice, we brainstormed ways to keep ourselves focused and healthy so we can be as productive and useful as possible at work. We realized that everyone can benefit from these techniques, at work, while relaxing, with family, while engaging with other community members, etc. So, we’ve decided to share it with you, our VisitCSN community!
- Get sleep, go to bed earlier and put down our electronics an hour before we go to bed.
- Wake up earlier to get a good start to the day.
- Eat breakfast and pack a healthy lunch. Hunger can ruin your mood.
- Compliment others, look for the best in each other and encourage/thank others.
- Be kind to others. Positive and friendly interactions are contagious.
- When you need help, ask for it!
- Say hello to everyone in the morning, let them know you’re there for them and acknowledge them.
- Get organized, plan and prepare for your tasks of the day.
- Take breaks when you can.
- Take a moment to meditate before a stressor comes and if things get stressful, do some deep breathing exercises to keep a level head.
- Set realistic goals for yourself.
- Drink water throughout the day.
- Make eye contact with others. This can help ground you and connect you to others.
- Think about, or say out loud why you like what you are doing and try to find something positive about it at the end of the day.
- Spend more of your free time with others. Take time to enjoy being with others.
- Observe others when you think they are doing an exceptional job, and learn from them so you can address where you think you can improve.
- Focus on helping others.
- Get regular exercise to burn off any frustrations and to make sure you’re in good shape to handle any physically trying tasks.
- Dress to feel professional: looking sharp can boost your confidence and is a great behavior to model for others.
- Talk to others when you are feeling stressed. They can be a helpful outlet, and they may have suggestions or techniques that may remedy the issue.
- Try to learn something new every day.
- Leave your personal problems at home. In the same line of thought: if you have a bad day at work, don’t let it follow you home.
- Give yourself enough time to collect your thoughts.
- Take vacation time every once in awhile.
- Meditate in the evening. Reflect on your day and let go of any stress you might have about it.
- Listen to others. Others have a lot of important and insightful things to say, verbally and nonverbally, and be sure to hear them.
- Have a sense of humor, and laugh with others throughout the day.
- Remind yourself of the long-term goals, in both your life and your work.
We hope this list is helpful to you, and allows you to manage stress in your life!
Recently, several firefighters spoke with a large group of CSN clients about the importance of fire safety and what it is like to be a Madison firefighter.
During their visit, one of the firefights showed our Clients all of the different tools they use while battling fires, and demonstrated the use of different equipment on their fire truck. Clients were able to ask questions, feel the equipment and were able to be up close to a real fire engine! They even put on the lights and sirens for a few moments!
Later in the presentation, they showed the clients all of the different pieces of gear that they wear and how they are used. The firefighter was covered head to toe in his gear and showed the clients how much protection goes into what they wear. Again, the clients were able to feel the equipment and ask questions about how to use it.
At the end of the presentation, clients were allowed to pose by the fire engine, received Madison Firefighter stickers, and were able to interact with the firefighters one-on-one to ask more questions and get to know them!
We were so grateful to have them visit and made them thank you cards with fire engines on them! The firefighters told us that they would hang up our cards at Station #10 and would visit again soon!
If you are interested in volunteering at CSN, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Nicolette at nicolette.begeman
Disability Pride of Madison will be having its annual Pride Festival on Saturday, July 30th at Brittingham Park. The festival will run from noon to 5pm, and will have several musicians, speakers and exhibitors. The headliner this year is Gaelynn Lea, along with the musical groups Jonny T-Birds and the MPs, and Tani Daikite and the Afrofunkstars.
Disability Pride Madison is an advocacy group who are “a lively community of people with various abilities, identities and beliefs, who share a passion for promoting disability pride”. This is the 4th Disability Pride Festival that this group has organized.
For further information, please visit their website.
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a city-wide Gallery Night twice a year, and Community Support Network is happy to say that we are going to be one of the venues!
CSN will be exhibiting client artwork, both group and individual pieces. We will be serving refreshments and the CSN store will be open for business. Some of the artwork is even for sale.
If you would like to see our awesome collection of art, come by! Gallery Night is Friday, May 6th 5-9pm. If you would like to RSVP on Facebook, the event is listed here.
If you would like to know more about Gallery Night, see MMoCA’s page for more details.