Alumna Kelsie LaValley '08 attended Ohio Northern University after graduation. She earned a degree in Middle Childhood Education. Later, she studied at the University of Toledo, where she received licensure in School Counseling. When asked how she views self-care as a professional working as a school counselor at SUA, she offered great insight.
"The term 'self-care' is a phrase thrown around daily in the counseling department at SUA. One of the concepts I live by as a school counselor is, if I am not taking care of myself, I am doing a disservice not only to my students, but also to the faculty and staff. With that in mind, self-care is defined by the individual. For me, my self-care routine focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. I work out five days a week with friends who keep me accountable. I enjoy daily walks with my furry bestie, Beau! I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, meditating, and praying daily. For me, it helps to work on the whole person. I give myself about an hour a day for "me time." I make sure I check in with myself and determine my needs in the moment.
As I take care of myself, I am modeling the importance of this behavior to my students. The counseling department has offered daily meditations, a wellness room during exam week, a hydration station, a wellness workshop, support groups, and so much more. This year, we are working directly with our freshman class on teaching several grounding techniques. At the conclusion of the school year, our freshman will walk away with several resources to use in their academic, personal, and social life. In closing, I will remind everyone to take time to be in the present!"
- Self Care