Mental Health and Wellbeing Week: be good to yourself
28 March 2019
We all experience times of stress, unhappiness and mental health problems, be they our own or in our family members or friends. We want to help and support all members of our community through difficult times, but there are also things you can do for yourself. If you are strong, you can be strong for your children. Here are things you can try.Pay attention to your physical health
Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise, sleep and healthy food can boost your self-esteem and help you look and feel better, as well as improve your concentration.Have you exercised lately and regularly? Are you getting enough sleep?Are you limiting your alcohol / caffeine / junk food intake and eating healthily?Top tip! Try the mobile app ‘Sleep Cycle’ to help you monitor the quality of your sleep
Pay attention to your Emotional health
Strong family ties and supportive friends can help you deal with the stresses of life. Friends and family can make you feel included, cared for and can offer different views from whatever is going on inside your own head. They can keep you active, grounded and help you solve practical problems.Many of us don’t like to ask for support. We don’t like to burden other people. Yet most of us would want to help our friends and family if we thought they were having a hard time, so why would they feel any differently towards us?However, if your family and friends are miles away, and you want to meet people locally, you can try the following: FOW a great way to meet new people in School unified by a common interest, such as books, music, film, art, health or language.The important thing is to not try and cope with everything on your own.Have you spoken to anyone about how you are feeling?Have you kept in touch with any positive people in your life?Have you told your Doctor how you are feeling?Have you accessed self-help on the internet?Have you looked at any of the following apps on your phone to help you? Pacifica：Daily tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community – based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Meditation.Happy Feed：A private journal for saving three moments each day, to help you appreciate the little things.Headspace：Guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training.
Breathe – Calming Reminders for Mindful Breathing: A mindfulness app that helps you stay calm and battle anxiety by sending you gentle, deep-breathing reminders throughout the day.
SAM: An application to help you understand and manage anxiety.
Pay attention to your structure in your day
Creating a daily routine allows you to work better, be more proficient and stay fulfilled. Sometimes, taking things in bite-sized pieces can feel less overwhelming. Try to start with small, achievable goals and work from there.Do you have any structure to your day?Have you tried any mindfulness techniques?Can you start or restart a hobby that you would enjoy?Can you start a journal? A great way of tracking your moods and thoughts is by writing them down.
Pay attention to other people
Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.Have you helped someone out today?Why not share your skills more widely by volunteering for a local charity? Helping can make us feel needed and valued and that boosts our self-esteem. It also helps us see the world from another angle and can put our own problems in perspective. If you would like further advice and support onMental Health issues please contact Jonathan Lewis (Deputy Head Pastoral).Reference: The Mental Wellbeing Checklist Department for Education (UK) 2018