By Dr. Stephanie Akoumany

Self Care & Life Design

Many parents are trying to find balance in a changing and uncertain world. Parents and educators have to push their limits and run towards their goals, while using their imaginations to design a life centered on self-discovery, self-care, fun, and mindfulness strategies to thrive. This is especially important as we are now working from home with our children and teaching students online.

As parents we often prioritize our children's health & wellness, playtime, downtime, intellectual stimulation, and help them make connections with others in their community. If we want to help them on their journey we have to pour into ourselves the way that we pour into them. Also make self care and focused work sessions a group project. Make time for meditation, clean eating, dance parties, goal setting, art, journaling, and fresh air by the door or in the back yard as much as possible.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it not from the known, but from the unknown. When you get uncomfortable in the place of the unknown – that's where the magic happens.”- Dr. Joe Dispenza

Here are some tips to reach your goals

  • Analyze the stories you create about your life
  • Destroy limiting beliefs about your abilities and the rooms you can enter and create
  • Write in a Daily Gratitude Journal
  • Meditate, Exercise, Hydrate, Eat Clean, Sleep
  • Make Genuine Human Connections
  • Embrace the notion that You Are Enough
  • Strive to build the lives of your dreams
  • Create a schedule that works for you (on Google Calendar and/or in a planner) and find and create school-work-life-balance

Self Care Reflection Questions

  1. What would it mean to make your health and wellness a priority?
  2. What self care habits have you used this school year?
  3. How can you use mindfulness to be more present with your children and/or partner and friends?
  4. How can you make more time for play?
  5. How can you ask for help?

Diversity, Wellness, & Inclusion

  1. Who could your child be at school?
  2. Who can they be at home?
  3. How do you want your child to feel at home?
  4. Did my child love their school? Why? If not, how can this change at home?
  5. What culture clashes existed at school and has my school clearly communicated these challenges and proposed solutions?

Major Stressors for Students of Color

at Independent Schools

  • Feeling Misunderstood
  • Experiencing Micro-aggressions
  • Unfair Punishment
  • Social Loneliness

Online Community Building

  • Student of Color & Ally Online Story Exchanges
  • Alumni of Color Video Chat Meetings
  • Community Building Video Chat Think Tanks
  • All School Diversity, Inclusion, & SEL Online Classes
  • Inclusive Curriculum & Online Events

How to Become A Great Ally

  • Provide your full attention
  • Acknowledge others’ strengths and contributions
  • Respectfully ask questions for clarification
  • Hold others accountable

If you’re interested in bringing online Blooming is A Habit Self-Discovery, Self Care, and Mindfulness workshops to your school, nonprofit or business feel free to reach out at . Check out our blog at and The Blooming is a Habit Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify!
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Dr. Stephanie Akoumany is the Founder and CEO of Bloom, a leadership, wellness, and community- building media and education company. She is also the host of the Blooming is A Habit podcast. Stephanie is a speaker, researcher, and educator who helps schools and businesses to cultivate cultures that embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and holistic wellness.