Wellbeing and Support
At all times, but particularly during these difficult times, it is really important to maintain a positive outlook and care for our mental health, as well as our physical health. This section is about advising students how they can look after themselves as well as identifying ways in which we, as a school, as supporting our young people.
This support booklet, put together by our very own Mrs Coxon, is excellent at directing students to the best services on offer.
As well as accessing services, there are really simple things you can do to help your wellbeing.
The five ways to wellbeing are very straightforward to achieve:
- Connect- interact and connect with people. This is vital, particularly during lockdown. Speak to people your know online or through phone calls to stay contact with them. A quick chat can massively improve your move.
- Be physically active- this doesn't have to be high intensity training! A simple walk or cycle can make the world of difference to your mood.
- Keep learning- get involved in your lessons but practice and learn other skills such as reading, cooking or playing a musical instrument. Make sure that you strike a balance between work and rest.
- Giving to others- This doesn't have to be money to charity, this could be giving time or just random
- Pay attention to your surroundings (mindfulness)- Take a moment to focus on your surroundings. A few moments of silence, thoughts and feelings can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this mindfulness. It's can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Further details can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/
During this time, it is easy to overwhelmed by the news which is dominated by COVID-19. To try and avoid being overwhelmed, you can:
- Limit the news and be careful what you read
- Avoid misinformation- stick reputable websites such as BBC, NHS, WHO etc
- Have regular breaks from social media