Personal wellness and self-care have emerged as critical core values of judicial leadership. Engaging in beneficial practices that develop positive physical and mental states of being increases self-awareness, connection with ourselves, along with a deeper sense of community in all aspects of life. The goal of NCJFCJ’s Judicial Wellness Initiative is to promote judicial well-being, develop strategies to mitigate the impact of stress that is inherent in the work and share positive experiences in order to benefit others.
Education and outreach programs will enhance knowledge of personal wellness and self-care in a supportive and compassionate environment. It is important to recognize the power of connectedness through the conscious practice of well-being– a balanced state of body and mind will lead to better decision making, ultimately improving the lives of families, children and victims of domestic violence in our communities.
Hon. Janice M. Rosa (New York, Ret.) will provide a high altitude view of where we find ourselves in the pandemic challenge: focusing on an acknowledgment of what is occurring; accepting the impact the disruption has on our individual and collective experiences; and choosing a response, both individually and outward.
Hon. Berryl Anderson (Georgia) shares her experience creating a virtual environment to promote kindness and connectedness for the DeKalb County Magistrate Court staff who “gather” weekly to check in with each other, creating a virtual reunion filled with laughter—and sometimes silence—to promote court family wellness and self-care for all.
Hon. Victor Reyes (CO, Ret.) | Being kind to yourself as a means of bettering your life and enhancing your innate ability to be kinder to others. Applying research-based tools, we will begin the process of substituting self-judgment with positive self-awareness.
Roger Hall, Ph.D. | In the midst of difficult times, it’s hard to see hope for the future. By looking back at the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, we can look forward, with hope to our future. Because of our biology, the “new normal” will look a lot like the old normal.
Jen Donovan, RYT, RCYT, RPYT | Join Jen, a registered yoga practitioner, and teacher/sound healer, for a deeply relaxing session of breathing techniques and sound healing meditation. She will be playing the quartz crystal and metal singing bowls, along with an eclectic array of musical instruments.
JJamie Contreras, Esq. | There are proven mental and physical health benefits of sharing your life with a companion animal, which we innately know to be true. We invite your pet to join in this session as well! This session is in partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.