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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices
When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. Brain Breaks A brain break is a short period of time when we change up the dull routine of incoming information that arrives via predictable, tedious, well-worn roadways. When we take a brain break, it refreshes our thinking and helps us discover another solution to a problem or see a situation through a different lens. 1. I always carry a bag of household objects containing markers, scrap paper, and anything that one would find in a junk drawer -- for example, a can opener or a pair of shoelaces. 2. 3. Movement is critical to learning. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 1. Related:  Idrott och hälsaMental healthResources - general

Fysisk aktivitet lika bra som KBT eller läkemedel vid depression Med depression avses här egentlig depression med avgränsade episoder som varar minst 2 veckor med tydliga förändringar i tankar (tänker negativt om sig själv, andra människor och om framtiden; i värsta fall självmordstankar), känslor (bedrövelse och missmod), kroppsliga funktioner (sömn, matlust och energinivå) och beteende (tillbakadragenhet och inaktivitet) och med förbättringar av individens tillstånd mellan perioderna. En depression kan graderas som lindrig, måttlig eller allvarlig. Depression är den största enskilda orsaken till förlorade friska levnadsår i västvärlden [1] och är dubbelt så vanlig bland kvinnor som bland män. I Sverige och Norge drabbas 20 procent av befolkningen av depression någon gång under livet, och prevalensen hos vuxna är 4–10 procent [2]. Någon enkel orsak till depression finns inte. Sjukdomsförlopp och prognos Risken för recidiv beräknas till 50 procent efter den första episoden, och risken ökar i takt med antal depressiva episoder [4]. Prevention.

How to Begin Each Day: A Recipe for Unshakable Sanity and Inner Peace from Marcus Aurelius “Take everything that’s bright and beautiful in you and introduce it to the shadow side of yourself,” the wise and wonderful Parker Palmer counseled the young in his superb Naropa Unviersity commencement address. Only by accepting our own interior contradictions and dualities, he argued, are we liberated to put the shadow’s power in service of the good in the exterior world. This seems like a particularly timely message, urgently needed in a culture intolerant of duality, where we hasten to polarize everything into good and bad, unfailingly placing ourselves in the former category and the Other — whether their otherness is manifested in race, gender, orientation, or sports team preference — in the latter. When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. Meditations, it bears repeating, is a requisite read in its entirety.

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20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the Mind Studies find exercise increases stress resilience, fights anxiety, speeds up the mind, protects against dementia, is more fun than we predict, and more… If everyone got a little exercise, we could put half the doctors in the world out of a job. But it’s not just doctors who’d be out of a job if people could take the stairs every now and then, it’s also psychologists. Here are 20 wonderful psychological effects that exercise has on the mind. 1. Increases stress resilience Studies on mice have shown that exercise reorganises the brain so that it is more resistant to stress (Schoenfeld et al., 2013). It does this by stopping the neurons firing in the regions of the brain thought to be important in the stress response (the ventral hippocampus). This may be part of the reason that exercise… 2. Exercise has a relatively long-lasting protective effect against anxiety (Smith, 2013). Both low and medium intensity exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Stress Management During Job Search | CAREERwise Education When you're searching for a job, you almost always have other issues begging for your attention. Stress builds up when you don't deal with issues. Keep your job search on track by paying attention to all aspects of your health. Here are some healthy ways to handle stress: Get organized. Source: Creative Job Search, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Ms. Sepp's Counselor Corner: Teamwork: Cup Stack I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for my third and fourth graders! I often hear complaints from students that although others "allow" them to play games at recess, they often do not "include" them in the game. For example, in football they are on the team but the ball is never passed to them. I used this as a springboard for discussion on what teamwork really looks like. The Cup Stack is a great activity to facilitate teamwork. The challenge is for the group to build a pyramid out of the paper cups (3 on the bottom, 2 in the middle, 1 on the top - can be adjusted for more cups). Some groups took 2 minutes to accomplish their goal, some 10 minutes, and some never successfully built their tower.

En kalori är en kalori men.... Det finns få saker som jag är så trött på att läsa eller höra som påståendet att ”en kalori inte är en kalori”. Detta är i precis lika intelligent som att säga att 100 kilo inte är 100 kilo eller att 10 kilometer inte är 10 kilometer. En kalori är nämligen ett mått på energi. För att vara mer precis så är en kalori precis den mängden energi som det krävs för att värma en kubikcentimeter vatten från 14,5 grader Celsius till 15,5 grader Celsius under det tryck som vi normalt lever under. Normalt när man pratar om kalorier pratar man dock om kilokalorier och det förkortas kcal. Detta är då givetvis den energi som det krävs för att öka temperaturen på en liter vatten från 14,5 grader till 15,5 grader. Så att säga att ”en kalori inte är en kalori” är tämligen korkat, eller i alla fall väldigt dåligt genomtänkt. En kalori har inte alltid samma effekt som en annan kalori Det är dock inte bara de som försöker sälja något till dig som uttrycker sig felaktigt när det gäller kalorier.

The Famous Wheel Of Emotions Can Determine Who You Are (Quiz) - by Brandilyn Collin Scroll Down to the end of the article for the quiz Randy Ingermanson once said that people read books because they want to have an emotional experience. While that’s certainly true of “Twilight”, I think it holds true for all books. Even books about negative characters can be interesting to us because of their emotional content due to what James Scott Bell calls a “‘car wreck’ dynamic”. Ironically, even though we’ve all experienced many, many emotions throughout our lives, few humans are experts. But where to begin? Many lists of emotions have been generated, yet no matter how much they overlap, they never quite converge. So, how can emotions be classified so that we better understand them, and understanding them better use them in our writings? Joy vs SadnessTrust vs DisgustFear vs AngerSurprise vs Anticipation He also visualized this list as a wheel of sorts, referred to by some as Plutchik’s Flower: Plutchik’s approach satisfies our needs by providing: Loading...

Two Great Tools for Creating Beautiful Newsletters for Your Class June 7, 2016 Newsletters are great communicative tools which you can use with your students for a variety of educational purposes. There are now several web tools which makes the process of newsletter making a simple matter of choosing a template, filling in content, adjusting elements and sharing the finished product. Below are two very good examples of web tools we recommend for teachers keen on designing educational newsletters for their classes. 1- Lucidpress Newsletter maker The popular Lucidpress has this excellent web-based tool that enables you to create beautiful newsletters using a wide variety of professionally designed templates.The process is very simple: select a template for your newsletter from the collection there, use the editor to customize it and fill it with your content. 2- Smore Smore is another good web tool for designing beautiful newsletters.

Funktionell träning | Träningsguide | Styrkeprogrammet Funktionell träning Funktionell träning har de senaste åren blivit en mycket populär träningsform, såväl bland motionärer som bland elitidrottare. Funktionell styrketräning innebär att man, förutom styrka, utvecklar rörlighet, balans och koordinationsförmåga med övningar som aktiverar många olika muskler samtidigt, till skillnad från klassiska bodybuildningsövningar som t.ex. bicepcurls, där man är ute efter att isolera en eller två muskelgrupper vid varje övning. Med denna träning är målet att uppnå en funktionell kropp för ett specifikt ändamål och inte att bygga muskelvolym - vilket är vanligt för många styrketräningsutövare och bodybuilders. Kommer från naturliga rörelser Funktionell träning syftar till att i största mån likna vardagsrörelser eller rörelser inom den specifika idrotten för elitidrottaren. Viktigt för att motverka åldersrelaterade krämpor och skador Ju äldre man blir, desto stelare och svagare blir man. Svårmotiverad träning Referenser

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone When my Mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her transition out of this life into the next, but we were pretty sure we wanted to keep her at home, so we did. While we supported Mom, we were, in turn, supported by a gifted palliative care nurse, Ann, who came every few days to care for Mom and to talk to us about what we could expect in the coming days. She taught us how to inject Mom with morphine when she became restless, she offered to do the difficult tasks (like giving Mom a bath), and she gave us only as much information as we needed about what to do with Mom’s body after her spirit had passed. The author with her mother “Take your time,” she said. Ann gave us an incredible gift in those final days. In the two years since then, I’ve often thought about Ann and the important role she played in our lives. Learning to hold space for others What does it mean to “hold space” for someone else? 1. 2.

Here Is Another Excellent Tool for Flipped Classrooms June 1 , 2016 Buncee for Education is a good creation and presentation tool to use in your instruction. It is also ideal for flipped classrooms. Buncee provides an intuitive web-based digital canvas for creating engaging content. Students too can use Buncee for a variety of learning activities such as creating ‘multimedia digital stories, travel scrapbooks, research projects, and more’.