11:11 Wellness partners with communities who are doing the work to uproot the racist, capitalist, and patriarchal ideals that are the unfortunate cornerstones of society. Within these partnerships, 11:11 co-creates the structures and systems needed to make space for care, while reworking the relationship to their chosen profession itself.
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
As an educator, we often act from the mentality of using the flight mask on others before ourselves!
After recognizing the level of secondary trauma I was ingesting from the adverse child experience my students were facing each day I began to see a horrific pattern. As kids came to school more stressed, I came to work more tired, anxious, and desperate for a break. During an intense year of graduate school where I taught in a self-contained class of Students with Emotional Disturbances, and complete a full load of course work at night, I had my own nervous breakdown. Unraveling the trauma of my own childhood, while understanding the effects of working with children who have resiliently withstood their own, catapulted me into a self-care revolution.
Through various healing practices, I learned how to regulate my nervous system, in service of first myself, and then to the students I had the joy of teaching every day.
Taking care of myself helped me to remember and access the true love and passion I had for my career, and I know it can do the same for your school community.
About The Founder
With nearly a decade of teaching experience in some of DC’s highest needs schools,
Emily Griswold is an innovator and advocate for staff well-being. Grounded in liberated design , Emily’s creation of 11:11 Wellness holds space for people to access their truth in service of living within their authentic self.