Sleep is so incredibly important. No one really understands sleep and how it works, exactly, but it is well established that it is important. Check out this post from the Department of Health and Human Services about sleep's importance and then be sure to get your 8-hours (and for your kids 10+ hours) of sleep tonight!
If you've read some of my previous blogposts, you know that stress is not a new topic for me. I have talked about the importance of limiting stress. This is necessary for everyone-children, parents, young adults, adults. This article talks about one of the reasons that regulating your stress levels and those of your children is so important. If you are a nerd like me, you will appreciate this article and the scientific explanation for why stress is so damaging. It is not just about feeling overwhelmed and having the emotional center of your brain take over, leaving the logical part of your brain unable to function. There is evidence that stress actually alters your DNA-and not in a good way. What I like best about this article is that it offers potential solutions. Chronic stress does not have to be a part of one's life-child or adult. There are ways to deal with it. If you find that you are trying to manage your stress and need some help, consider contacting a psychologist. They can offer many concrete solutions and feedback along the way. Do not suffer through overwhelming stress. There is help available-you just have to access it.
The messages that we communicate to others are so much more than what comes out of our mouths. Our bodies, faces, stances-they all teach the person that you are with something about what is inside your head. Communication is not often something that is explicitly taught, but it should be. We should all learn about how our nonverbal messages might be interpreted-regardless of our intent.
When you read the following article, think about how it applies in your life and the lives of others around you-including children. How do you communicate nonverbally with others? Does your child have an understanding of his or her nonverbal communication? The gestures discussed in this article are very subtle and don't always feel that they are within our control. But we can and should be aware of what these and other nonverbal cues are telling others. Enjoy!