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By: Raf Camius
Gift giving is always one of the biggest parts of the holiday season. Nowadays, many of us also like to give to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in some way. In the Philippines, ma...
Gift giving is always one of the biggest parts of the holiday season. Nowadays, many of us also like to give to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in some way. In the Philippines, many local businesses have adopted many a worthy cause. There is however one group that looks to protect a vital human resource: clean drinking water.
Waves For Water is an international NGO that has taken up the challenge of being on the front line of providing access to clean water through distributing portable water filters, digging and renovating wells, and constructing rainwater harvesting and storage systems.
It’s a major effort, that addresses a basic human, touching the lives of more than 7 million people since 2009. In the Philippines, Waves For Water has worked with indigenous communities like the Ati in Aklan, the Agta in Nagtipunan, Quirino. The organization has responded to every major natural disaster since coming in to the country, with efforts in more than 50 provinces. Abroad, Waves for Water has made an impact every time a super-storm or humanitarian crisis hits, from the U.S., to Puerto Rico, to Thailand, to Africa, to Myanmar, to the South American Amazon, providing immediate aid.
All across the country, there are places you can get more cell signal than clean water. For some, that might sound crazy, but it’s true. That’s why the work that Waves for Water has started in the country can make a real impact. The lasting effect that they have on communities is a gift anyone can give. You can always make a cash donation, or you can help by being a courier. W4W’s program allows you to personally make trips to benefactors, shouldering the transportation costs of water filters en route to their final destination. This allows you to become involved in the process, and see how your efforts can change lives.
The kids aren’t always alright. Children in this day and age grow up as digital natives from infancy; growing up online, living in a world so distant from any kind of childhood that...
The kids aren’t always alright. Children in this day and age grow up as digital natives from infancy; growing up online, living in a world so distant from any kind of childhood that adults once experienced. The classroom experience is no different, as educators around the world try to hold their own in an ever changing school environment.
Teachers and administrators have to not only deal with the actual course work, but also with the mental wellness of their students. With these dynamics in play, it may come as a surprise to see teachers turning to yoga and meditation to provide some form of relief.
Yoga & meditation in school
One inner-city school in Baltimore, Maryland made the bold move to substitute detention with meditation to positive results. From 2014 to 2016, The Robert W. Coleman Elementary School began and ended their days with 15 minutes of yoga and meditation across the entire school. Part of this movement towards mindfulness also included sending unruly students to a meditation room instead of sentencing them to prototypical detention. These practices led to a sharp decrease in referrals and zero suspensions during the program’s 2 year run.
In an interview conducted by CNN, a Robert W. Coleman student who had been ejected from his classroom after getting into a fight said that he went to the meditation room, “did some deep breathing, had a little snack, and I got myself together,” before going back and apologizing to his class.” Though Robert W. Coleman Elementary is often cited as an exemplary school, there are other success stories across the U.S.
Placement in curriculum
In D.C., Texas, and California, where mindfulness sessions have produced encouraging results in both short term, and long term programs. In Canada, several schools in the Ontario area have adopted the basic tenets of mindfulness into their regular curriculum. What the studies we’ve looked at show that there really is potential for mindfulness programs in schools, with positive benefits all around.
Looking at how mental health in schools can be improved, a little mindfulness goes a long way. Introducing it in limited sessions throughout the school week makes practical sense, allowing students to ease into it, and make the practice their own. Taking this further, the positive changes in student behavior has great potential for improved mental health.
Results show improvement
Feedback from students involved in these studies is highlighted by improved stress relief, higher levels of attentiveness, and improved self-control, all key sectors that affect outbursts and negative behavior. The positive takeaways from these mindfulness sessions give students a chance to work through their thoughts and feelings, instead of just stewing in detention.
Paradigm shifts like this can potentially counteract mental negativity if given the chance to flourish in the right systems. Setting up mindfulness programs do take much effort, and are not easily replicated in form and functionality. However, the life skills gained by the children in these programs are quite invaluable. If at a young age, students understand how to process and apply principles taught by mindfulness, there may not be a need for detention at all.
Harness your creative juices through art therapy might just be the help you need on the road to self-development. Take out your pens and colored pencils out for a round of art therapy;&nb...
Harness your creative juices through art therapy might just be the help you need on the road to self-development. Take out your pens and colored pencils out for a round of art therapy; an emerging form of psychotherapy. The focus in these sessions is taking the creative route, encouraging free self-expression through painting, drawing, or what have you!
It isn’t just taking paint and splashing it on a canvas. Art therapy creates a new environment without judgement or rules, allowing you to explore your emotions, even if you don’t know what it is you're feeling exactly.
“Often creativity helps you to express parts of yourself that are being hidden,” says Dr. Sheridan Linnell, who runs the Master of Art Therapy course at the University of Western Sydney. “Expression through art can be healing in itself, and it can also be a stepping stone for being able to make sense of yourself and express your story to others.”
So grab some paper, a few pens, and your favorite coloring materials and try these helpful and therapeutic activities for yourself to start!
Calm down with an adult coloring book.
Mixing a preschool activity with more elegant images and tools helps combat anxiety and depression by allowing you to disconnect and focus at the same time. Coloring forces you to get off the gadget in your hand and dive into an activity that requires a certain focus.
This kind of coloring activity, according to research from the University of Otago, "induces a mindful or meditative state linked to reduced activity in the amygdala or changes in brain-wave activity”. All you need to do is find a coloring book that suits your mood or style.
Doodle with your eyes closed.
Another activity that should take you back in time is a timed doodling exercise. Scribbling around is actually not quite as random as we think. Dr. Robert Burns, the former director of the Institute for Human Development at the University of Seattle, believes that doodles can reveal what is going on in the unconscious mind.
It's fairly simple: grab a pen (or whatever writing material) and a piece of paper. Don't think about whether your doodles look good or not -- disregard the quality of it altogether. If you find this difficult, try closing your eyes or switching between either of your hands for this.
After you’ve filled up your sheet, take a step back and look for any dominant images that you want to bring to focus. Develop those shapes by adding color or more details. When you identify and work with fragmented shapes, you may unearth strong emotions lying dormant in your subconscious.
Draw daily in your journal.
If you want to turn these art therapy sessions into a habit, think about putting together a spontaneous images journal (or have drawings with your writings and make yourself a nice storybook). When you take a little time out of your day to sketch how you’re feeling, the journal will allow you to better understand yourself.
Experts suggest that you set aside a few minutes each day to work on a spontaneous image. Make anything from a sketch to a picture collage. But make sure you give it a title, mark the date, and write a quick blurb about your work.
Over time, you’ll see themes, colors, and/or shapes pop up. Work without thinking about how good the piece is. You should instead be taking stock of how your mood flows, using this to pinpoint where you can help yourself. The journal project is a much longer play, but can play a big part on the journey to a better you. Not only that, you'll have a nice book to look back on when you read through your journal a few months or years from now.