We know that being physically active is important for people of all ages, but it’s especially important for young kids to be physically active. Making sure to implement movement into their daily lives is the best way to ensure they will reach a high level of physical fitness. Research shows that promoting movement and physical activity in young children increases memory, improves perception, attention skills and decision-making skills (Moyses, K. 2012).
Physical activity and high levels of aerobic fitness in elementary-aged children (7-10 years old) has been shown to benefit brain function, cognition, and school achievement. Studies also show children with higher fitness levels receive better scores on academic tests and show higher performance on real world ‘street crossing tasks’ compared to their peers who have a lower level of physical fitness (Chaddock-Heyman, L., Hillman, C. H., Cohen, N.J., Kramer, A.F., 2014). Another important benefit of physical activity is good mental health and reduced behavioral problems. Studies show physical activity allows children “to have a better outlook on life by building confidence, managing anxiety and depression and releasing endorphins, which correlates to a happy child” (Tala. A., 2017).
Through consistent movement children are able to develop strong hearts and muscles, social interaction skills, co-ordination, self-confidence, communication skills, and concentration. Along with balance skills, kinesthetic memory development, awareness, and increase verbal and non-verbal communication skills (Early Childhood Ireland, 2015).
You don’t have to wait until your kid is in elementary school to begin teaching them the importance of movement and getting them to be physically active. One study conducted by Michigan State University Extension found that you can begin implementing movement into your child’s life the moment they’re born! Here are some ways you can do that:
0-6 months old
6-12 months old
12-18 months old
18-24 months old
Read the whole list here.
If you’re looking to help your child be more active, try out some of our workshops and classes! Our schedule is as follows:
Yoga for Kids (ages 6-10) Wednesdays at 4PM
Yoga for Tweens and Teens Mondays 5-6PM
Self Care Workshop for Teens and Tweens- February 8th 6:30-8:15 PM
Chaddock-Heyman, L., Hillman.C.H., Cohen, L.N., Kramer, F,A. (2014) The importance of physical activity and aerobic fitness for cognitive control and memory in children. Monographs of the society for research in child development. (79), 4. Retrieved from: https://srcd.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mono.12129
Early Childhood Ireland (2015). Why is movement important? Retrieved from: https://www.earlychildhoodireland.ie/work/operating-childcare-service/physical-activity/kids-active/why-is-movement-important/
Moyses, K. (2012). Movement can increase learning in children. Retrieved from: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/movement_can_increase_learning_in_children
Kelsey Neal is an administrative assistant at Stillpoint Counseling and Wellness and a freelance health and wellness copywriter.
1) You feel exhausted or drained after spending time with them.
Someone who is toxic is typically demanding and self-centered, which can understandably deplete your energy, causing fatigue. Spending quality time with someone you are close with should make you feel energized and leave you looking forward to your next meeting.
2.) You are not able to be vulnerable or authentic in your relationship.
Always being concerned with how your actions will affect the toxic person's mood or behaviors inhibits authenticity and the ability to open up in the relationship. You may not feel like you are free to express your own thoughts and feelings without backlash.
3.) You find yourself playing the role of a therapist or a parent.
You often find yourself being responsible to care for the toxic person instead of being their partner or companion.
4.) You find yourself setting boundaries that are never respected.
The toxic person may struggle with adhering to clear physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries which you have expressed cause you discomfort or pain. This leaves you feeling disrespected, unheard, and distrustful.
5.) You feel isolated from friends and family.
The toxic person may take steps to seclude or isolate you from friends or family members, especially those who may challenge their control over your time and energy. This level of control is abusive and leaves people feeling alone, depressed, and hopeless at times.
All relationships have their highs and lows. However, a toxic relationship feels like a constant battle. It can be mentally and emotionally damaging. Toxic relationships are defined by attributes of control, fear, and deception. If you feel you may be in a toxic relationship, it may be time to re-evaluate whether the relationship is worth saving. Outside support from someone you can trust can be helpful. Individual or couples counseling can help explore patterns of poor communication and emotional immaturity for which new skills and patterns of behavior can be developed.
Couples counseling can be an opportunity to learn more about your partner, to explore relationship issues together, and to adopt mutual strategies for healthy growth. However, it will not be easy. Relationship building requires one to be emotionally prepared, self-aware, and open to change. Dedicating time for personal reflection and goal setting can be beneficial. Change is hard, but know that you are worth it!
Audrey Keeton is a licensed clinical social worker working with children, teens, and adults in Wilmington, NC. Audrey is passionate about celebrating diversity and strengths in her office. People describe her as compassionate, empathetic, and authentic in creating a welcoming environment for each client she meets. You can find out more about her by visiting her bio.
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