We all know the importance of physical education in schools. It helps to develop motor skills, reflexes, and coordination. It also gives children much-needed movement for their bodies during the school day and so much more.
With kids and youth currently at home for the last weeks of school, the importance of physical education remains. One way to ensure you are providing a meaningful physical education experience at home is to incorporate mind-body techniques and activities. Mind-Body activities teach us how our body affects our mind, and our mind affects our body.
A research article by Dr. Sprengel and Fritts (2012) reported that:
“School and classroom-oriented programs that incorporate mind-body practices have demonstrated positive outcomes for well-being, resilience, academic performance, test scores, individual self-perception, self-regulation of negative behaviors, anxiety, stress, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, insomnia, anger/aggressive behaviors, and chronic pain conditions.”
It is important to teach children how the mind and body impact one another, and ways to practice mind body awareness and activities. We know that one stressful thought could put your body, chemically, into a state of stress. This could result in a behavioral outburst, body aches and other somatic issues. Teaching children that they have some control over these aspects (their mind and body), can lead to healthy, regulated adults in the future.
What are some examples of these mind-body activities?
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing
- Guided Imagery
- Tai Chi
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