A good way to not succumb to the winter blues is to get outside of your home. There are a plethora of sensory friendly events in our state you can take advantage of during the cold months.
Studies have proven that there is a direct correlation between movement and brain activation, between physical activity and mood improvement and that play is necessary for optimal development.
As SFSS therapists, we are keenly conscious of the connection between emotions, energy levels, the quality/quantity of sleep and the ability to engage in the work we do with the students. We each try to be aware of our own mood variations and how intricately this is connected to how much we move. We often start our day by noting what our sense of ourselves is based on these general guidelines.
One of the most basic concepts we have discovered and try to reinforce is to find something that you like to do. Then start doing it even minimally. When it’s something you like to do, the chances of noticing the benefits emotionally, mentally and physically is almost immediately apparent.
When we think about our student’s sense of self, their confidence and sense of competency, we need to integrate the movement piece into whatever work we do. It’s ability to regulate the nervous system is clear; it’s ability to regulate our feelings, build self esteem, support better sleep and increase sustained engagement cannot be overlooked.
-Student and Family Support Services, Celebrate the Children
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