Summertime is here! Sondra Lehman Psy.S. Certified and Licensed School Psychologist These words bring happiness to the ears of students; however, it may not always translate into reality. During the school year students have built in structure, supports, activities and opportunities for social engagement. When school is out drastic changes in sleep schedules, nutrition intake and for many a significant drop in activity levels due to time is spent indoors where there is air conditioning all occur. All of these changes can have a profound impact on both the physical and mental well-being of children. It is possible, with heightened awareness, to avoid this common trap and ensure that summer is as fun-filled and relaxing as imagined. The brain is an amazing and complex wonder of nature. It requires appropriate stimulation to elicit feelings of joy, engagement, and excitement. It is so important to find mentally stimulating activities for school-age students during the summer months. Doing so can fend off feelings of sadness, loneliness, and boredom. For some depression can become an issue during this unstructured and sometime isolated time. School friends are on vacation, playing video games becomes a lifestyle and watching YouTube a favorite pastime. If children adopt healthy summer routines that included physical activity, social interactions and mental stimulation is a recipe for success. It is important to note that there is a true connection between the mind and body. If we want children to feel mentally well we can start with including physical movement into their day. Engaging in moderate exercise and/or relaxation/mindful activities for 20 to 30 minutes per day has been shown to improve self-esteem, reduce stress, increase energy level, and improve sleep. Ideas for summer fun and movement can be as simple as
Taking mindful walks
Collecting stones and painting them
Shopping at a farmer’s market
Cooking together with ingredients they shopped for
Creating a book or graphic novel
Planning a scavenger hunt
My hope is with awareness and some planning summertime can be all that we hope it will be. Wishing you all an amazing summer!
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