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Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Whether you are going through a nationwide crisis such as Covid-19 or a personal situation it is VERY IMPORTANT to think about all aspects of your health. Below are some tips to help when you find yourself struggling. Some of the following have come from Christian author Josh McDowell and another well-known author Dr. Henry Cloud.

Spiritual

Practice Gratitude:  There is a lot of evidence to prove that by focusing on gratitude, a person can improve their psychological health and get rid of harmful emotions. Be grateful for all the blessings in your life -- Write them down if you need to.  Keep adding to this list. When you find yourself down, reread the list you have written.

Spend time in God’s Word and prayer. 

Psychological

Get Outside:
Spend time in God's creation - nature. There is more and more research to prove to the benefits psychologically and cognitively to getting out in nature on a regular basis. Research points to possible stress reduction and increase in attention abilities.

Movement and/or Exercise: While you are outside, take a walk, ride bike.  Exercise releases chemicals in our body called endorphins. These are our God - given natural "feel good" chemicals.  When released in our brain and body these will help improve your emotions and outlook on situations.

Music: Find songs that have a relaxing beat or positive words that just bring a smile to your face.

Calming Strategies: Sometimes we might need a little more help in calming ourselves or others in difficult situations. Below are a few simple and common strategies. If you have questions about any, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Schouten. These are strategies she will use with students on a regular basis. Parents, it is GREAT for kids to see you using your own stategies for calming down when necessary!

  • Deep breathing exercises. Five finger breathing, figure 8 breathing, pretend to smell roses and blow out hard stubborn candles and many others. 
  • Imagine yourself at your most favorite place. Could be snuggled in your bed or favorite chair. It could possibly be a favorite warm sandy beach. Ask yourself what do you feel, see and hear while you are in this place.
  • A fun activity for kids is to name animals that begin with each letter of the alphabet:  alligator, bear, cat, deer, elephant,...
  • Squeezing something tight or even yellow/screaming into a pillow can be a stress relief for some people.
  • Grounding Exercise:  Go through your 5 senses. Identify...5 things you see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
  • Progressive Relaxation:  Starting with the muscles in your toes. Tighten them, count to 5 slowly, release them slowly. Go to your next muscles in your whole foot. Tighten them while you count to 5 slowly, release them counting to 5 slowly. Continue this as you focus on each muscle in your body up to your neck, head, eyes, and cheeks. If need be come back down hitting each muscle again. If you do this intentionally and slowly it is a great relaxation method to use.

 

Physical

Get Good QUALITY Sleep: This really could be at the top of the list. Too often we focus on the amount of sleep not quality of sleep. Sleep in a room free from technology distractions. This is SO SUPER important for kids! Whether they are on their phones or tablets or not, the lights or notifications are enough to mess with sleep cycles experts say!