Early Childhood Programs Staff Appreciation

Early Childhood Programs celebrated their staff last week with an appreciation day. The day aimed to provide teachers, aids, and support staff with relaxation and rejuvenation, plus a bit of education on self-care. Theresa Argueta, Director of Early Childhood Programs, shared the following information and links.


Studies show practicing meditation can directly impact the level of these crucial neurotransmitters produced in the brain. Mindfulness can have a measurable impact on these brain chemicals: Serotonin—increases this “feel good” chemical to help regulate moodCortisol—decreases this stress hormone.

Team building

By now, we have all learned that being social is good for us. We, as humans, are meant to be social, as American psychologist Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy of human needs lists love, belonging and social interaction as fundamental to the psychological wellbeing of a person. We also now know that being socially connected leads to increased lifespans and stronger immune systems.

Team building and social interactions not only trigger the release of Dopamine (the happy hormone) when we play games and socialize, but our brains also produce oxytocin, the bonding chemical which credited for being the “trust” or “cuddle” hormone when we are engaging with a group where we feel psychologically safe.


Going for a walk 

Not only can exercise help to produce Endorphins, but when you are: ….enjoying the scenery: SEROTONIN….setting and accomplishing a goal: DOPAMINE

Physical activity may help bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, any aerobic activity, such as a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike, can contribute to this same feeling.


Showering or taking a bath

Dopamine: Cold Showers…Serotonin and improved sleep: Warm Baths

He tested the health benefits of cold showers. Here’s what happened. – The Washington Post

Being Creative

It might sound too good to be true, but simply engaging in creative behaviors increases brain function, mental, and physical health.