Stress is a part of life, but students may have difficulty coping and feel overwhelmed, which can increase the risk for drug use. The article “Stressed Out?” helps explain how the body’s stress response system works, as well as the health consequences of ongoing (chronic) stress. Students will learn how their bodies respond to stress, and how they can manage under pressure.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening right now, by observing what’s going on inside (your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations) and outside (your interactions and surroundings) with curiosity, openness, and acceptance. This informational material is a 44-page resource packet filled with activities and visuals so students can better understand mindfulness. These exercises begin with checking in and mindful breathing, where you focus attention on the breath as it flows in and out of the body.
This TED-Ed learning activity guides students through the explanation of how exercise improves brain health and function.
What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
The activity includes a video, multiple choice and open-ended questions, additional resources to dig deeper, and a guided discussion.
This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.