We are still leaning so much about concussions and brain injuries. Each month should be brain injury awareness month. Here is a great site and organization for you parents to look over!
These days, stress is prevalent and far-reaching, often with serious consequences. This is due to the busy lifestyles that most people seem to have these days, juggling difficult and ever-increasing work-loads whilst managing dwindling finances and family demands with little time to dedicate just for themselves. Burnout often happens when their bodies and minds eventually succumb to the pressure and illness can set in surprisingly rapidly.
There are lots of ways to manage stress but it is important for the individual to recognize that stress is an issue first of all and this means taking a long hard look at how they live and then determine to make important changes so that stress becomes more manageable. Unfortunately, many people feel that they thrive on stress especially in the work-place, using the pressure to help them work harder, faster and to achieve more. By the time that they accept that they have taken on too much and that their health is becoming impacted, the damage is often done.
Yoga however, can offer a lifeline to those who are feeling tense, irritable and generally under pressure, it can be practiced by all and with a history dating back over 5000 years; it’s potentially one of the oldest methods of developing the mind, body and soul. Because it is such a gentle and personal method, many people overlook yoga in the first instance but gradually more and more are becoming aware of the many benefits and turning to yoga to help them become physically fitter, more supple and to be able to cope with life’s daily demands through controlled breathing, mental imagery and meditation.
Yoga means ‘union’ and it unites the body, mind and spirit in an adaptive way that is perfect for the person who is practicing any one of the many styles.
So how can yoga help to combat stress?
For many people, increased stress means heightened tension, headaches, irritability, palpitations and less sleep. It is not uncommon for those who are under severe pressure to lie awake for hours worrying about their future and feeling vulnerable and frustrated with their lot. By the time that morning comes, they feel exhausted and stressed about the day’s events before it even starts. Yoga can provide a way of managing the mind, helping the individual to deal with stressors as and when they happen but in a calm and methodical way.
For anyone who has suffered from the ravages of stress, they will be the first to admit that they could not see their way out of certain situations and that their problems seemed to escalate and materialise from all sides. Yoga affords clarity of mind to those who study and the ability to be ‘mindful’ which means living in the here and now and not succumbing to the confusion of a cluttered mind.
It doesn’t matter how supple someone is, yoga is non-competitive and can be practiced in a class under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher or can be practiced at home with special care being given to the exact alignment of the body so that the full benefits can be achieved. By focussing on the rhythms of the breath and learning how to release tension on the exhalation, it is an easy step to be able to visualize tension, negativity and worrying thoughts leaving the body in a colored mist for easier clarity or to visualize tension as a tight flower bud, releasing and opening up again as breath is exhaled and tension starts to diminish.
Yoga can bring the nervous system back into balance by utilising the relaxation response quickly and easily. The physical aspects of yoga are only one small part of the benefits that can be achieved through studying any of the styles. Clarity of mind, inner peace and an ability to ‘simply accept’ all that life has to offer will help the practitioner to be free from the negative aspects of stress and to simply cope with pressure whilst enjoying all that life has to offer.
Hello PFF Nation! As we end Winter and enter Spring...the end of the school year is actually in sight. Here is another great article from THE TUTOR DOCTORS OF BEAVERTON for you to help your kids thrive academically!
Education is a foundational building block system and teachers just don’t have the time to go back and reteach concepts from previous grades. That means when your child is missing fundamental building block knowledge, they fall further behind with each passing grade. There is much that you as a parent can do to inspire and support your child in getting the best possible grades they can. Here are a few easy ways in which you can create an environment that supports growth and learning.
Having a supportive family who believe in you is the first step to improved academic success. Believe that they will improve and focus on the positive. Help them to set realistic goals and be their most enthusiastic cheerleader.
Parental involvement is one of the key pillars to student success in academics and in life. Find time to help with homework, help out at school and to get to know their teachers and friends. Speak with their teachers about ways in which you can support their growth at home. Their teachers know what they need and can give great advice on how you can help at home.
Get a tutor
An in-home tutor can work with your child to find those missing building blocks in their knowledge and fill in the gaps. Not only can a one-on-one tutor bring your child up to speed, but they can actually help them to move ahead. Ensure that you select a tutor who also teaches executive skills.
Executive skills are key
To excel at school, your child needs to have study and organizational skills which are known as executive functions. They have to be organized enough to ensure that homework and assignments are done on time and that they are sufficiently prepared for exams and tests. They also have to prioritize tasks and manage their time effectively to balance school, life and sport. Teaching executive functions will equip your child with the skills they need to succeed.
Children don’t all learn in the same way; some are visual learners while others are auditory or kinesthetic learners. Find out which learning styles your child responds to best and then help them to convert information so that they can study smarter, not harder.
Start a routine. This will help your child to be organized and manage time effectively. Pick a time for homework when your child is rested and ready which means not right after school and not too late at night. Create a quiet environment free of distractions and siblings where your child can do homework in peace. Ensure that they are fed a healthy diet with tons of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Encourage them to exercise every day and get outside as often as possible.
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More than ever, human beings are experiencing LBP...Lower Back Pain!
It's Not Fun!!
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Spring Break is coming...SAT's...PSAT's and more tests! Then, believe it or not we have Finals and Summer Break just around the corner.
SO...here are some great ideas to help your student beat EXAM STRESS...Courtesy of Tutor Doctors of Beaverton!
How to Beat Exam Stress
Exam stress; everyone feels anxious and nervous in the days leading up to exams – we’ve all been there. Trouble is that exam anxiety can have disastrous side effects like lack of sleep, headaches, stomach aches, and an inability to concentrate. This means that you aren’t resting or eating properly and that means you aren’t performing at your peak. Exam anxiety may lead you to fulfill your worst case scenarios.
Just like a professional athlete trains, eats well and gets plenty of rest before a big game, doing well in school is like training for your brain. That means you need to put in the practice leading up to the exams—leaving things to the last minute will only contribute to your exam stress.
Next you need to feed your brain. Your brain needs whole grains, protein, fruits and veggies so follow a healthy diet and get tons of exercise; living off gummy bears and energy drinks will mean your blood sugar levels crash right in the middle of the exam. When this happens, your ability to focus and concentrate is impaired as are your higher cognitive functions. Fuel your brain to perform at your peak.
Here are some of the best exam stress busters:
Study! I know this is obvious, but being prepared and not leaving everything to the last minute will mean that you feel more confident and will keep those exam blues at bay.
Be positive: Don’t listen to any of those little voices in your head whispering; “you can’t do it”. If you think that it’s too hard, then it will be. Keep telling yourself you can do it and encourage yourself to try. Congratulate yourself on those things you do well and be your own inner cheerleader.
Move it! Exercise is one of the best stress relievers and the perfect antidote to all that desk time. Go for a walk, a swim or a run or just have a ten minute dance party to get the juices flowing.
On exam day:
Get plenty of sleep the night before. It may seem like a good idea to stay up and study, but the law of diminishing returns means that not getting enough sleep seriously reduces your ability to retain information and deal with stress. You will retain more and perform better if you are well rested.
Ok, so you already know that you need to start the day with a really great breakfast. A well-balanced healthy meal will help you to focus and do your best.
Stay hydrated; drink lots of water and go easy on the soda and coffee.
Leave plenty of time to get to the exam so you aren’t rushing. If your friends are stressing out before the exam, then keep to yourself and listen to that positive inner voice.
Start with the easy questions first. That will give you the confidence you need to tackle the more challenging ones.
When the exam is over, have a rest and then go and do something fun; nothing relieves anxiety like a good laugh.