Updated: Jul 22, 2020
In part three, Countering the Harmful Impact of Stress, Val Harrison, the Practically Speaking MOM, and her guest, licensed marriage and family therapist, Amanda Colliatie, discuss MORE ways to BUFFER STRESS in your life and in the life of your child. Val talks about how to get kids' on board with monitoring their stress levels and reminds us that kids' minds need time to create, problem solve, hear God's voice, reflect - Don't keep noise such as the t.v. or radio - as a CONSTANT wallpaper in their life. They need time for quiet, too! This episode ends with Val and Amanda praying for all the wonderful intentional mamas that listen to this ministry.
"Moms, it's important to remember that regardless of the stress that is going on, you are unbelievably powerful for buffering your family's stress. Studies show that you really only need to get it right about 35% of the time. You don't have to be perfect to have kids that are doing okay. So be encouraged!" Amanda Colliatie, LMFT
❗💌❕Here's Amanda's notes for us from Part Three of Managing Stress for Mom & Child: Countering the Harmful Impact. Intentional moms, I'm praying that you're growing right along with me in this important topic,
From Amanda -
Good Sleep Habits
(Source: Brandon Peters, MD, https://www.verywellhealth.com/30-days-to-bettersleep-3973920)
Sleep hygiene is really important for our immune system. Sleep is the first thing humans neglect during high stress situations.
This causes a downstream effect. Poor sleep habits impair
💤 cognitive functioning,
💤and capacity to manage difficult situations.
Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make you grumpy and groggy, it makes you sick. While you sleep, your immune system does a system-wide upgrade, using the downtime to re-calibrate your hormones and defenses. A lack of sleep leaves children and adults more susceptible to illness because the immune system doesn’t appropriately fight off the viruses and bacteria that it is constantly exposed to.
What's Your Sleep Routine?
Stay on a routine for going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning. If you cannot do both, research shows that waking up at the same time every day is more helpful.
Avoid computer, phone, tablet, and TV screens for approximately one hour before bedtime.
Keep a consistent sleep routine, such as readying yourself for bed then reading or meditating for 30 minutes. This signals your brain that it is time to slow down and prepare to sleep.
Regular Exercise and Healthy Diet
(Source: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ book The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity)