GRCS Weekly Social Work Support
April 21, 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to a new week! We hope you feel refreshed from a weekend of warmer weather. In last week’s school social work check-in we explained how emotions need movement. As we continue to engage in off-campus learning at home and communicate through the gift of technology, we want to also draw attention to the way our physical body can thrive through movement.
Curt Thompson, MD wrote an article describing why we might feel fatigued after a day of virtual meetings. He explains how much we rely on our bodies, not our conscious “thinking brain,” to communicate. Our non-verbal cues make up 85-90% of everything we say. When we spend time communicating and connecting online, we end up working overtime to make up for what our bodies are unable to fully say.
In addition, our bodily movement is limited with less physical interactions or the ability to gather with one another. This might explain the physical tension or mental exhaustion you or your family members are feeling right now.
Quick Tip of the Week: Add movement throughout your day
Move around your house: When we need a mental break at school, we leave the classroom to get a drink of water, grab something from our locker, or go to the restroom. Take the long way to the kitchen, go up and down the stairs multiple times, or use the bathroom furthest away from where you work.
Move away from screens: When you’re on a device, chances are you’re not moving and you’re using more mental energy than you realize. So when you aren’t doing schoolwork, try to limit your screen time or physically place your device in another room so you aren’t tempted to scroll/watch/play.
Move outside: Research shows being in nature reduces stress by simply taking in the sights and sounds of the outdoors. And exercise (just 15 minutes of movement) has been linked to lowering the risk of depression, as it can increase the feel-good hormone serotonin and improve overall physical health.
Move in new ways: Try doing yoga on youtube, a new dance routine, a virtual workout class offered for free or download a workout app.
During this time at home, take care of our overall wellness by being intentional about giving back movement to your body. If your motivation feels low, try praying this simple prayer: “Holy Spirit, be with me, give me energy and guide my actions to glorify you.” Romans 8:11 says “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”