August: National Wellness Month

Did you know that August is National Wellness Month? Check out this great article from CareSolace about incorporating wellness into your back-to-school routine! 

CareSolace says: 

Welcome back to school! Did you know August also marks National Wellness Month? As summer comes to a close and school begins again, it’s an important time to check in with your wellness routines. When the busyness of Back To School hits, it is easy to forget about self-care. We are here to remind you to take care of yourself during these times!

Here are some ways to incorporate wellness into your Back-to-School routine:

1. Find time for deep breathing throughout the day.

Deep breathing can reduce stress, anxiety, and even depression. Try taking deep breaths after washing your hands, walking up or down stairs, or before you enter a room. All it takes is 5 seconds to recenter yourself and support your well-being.

2. Get fresh air and natural sunlight.

We all know the fluorescent lights that dominate classrooms and schools. It’s important to balance out this artificial light with natural sunlight and fresh air. Try rolling down the windows on your commute, enjoy your cup of coffee outside or simply open a window to let in the natural light and fresh air.

3. Build gratitude lists.

Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. When you’re driving to work or washing your hands, think about 3 things you’re grateful for. This can be the exact boost you need for your day!

4. Familiarize yourself with mental health resources such as Care Solace.

Distinctive Schools partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students, staff and their family members. Care Solace is a free and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health providers.

If you would like to use Care Solace:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365 in 200+ languages
  • Visit and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

We hope the above tools are helpful as you transition back to school. It doesn’t take much to invest in your wellness - it just takes intention and the willingness to put in the time and effort. Just a few seconds of wellness a day adds up. Happy National Wellness Month and welcome back to school!